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In Madhya Pradesh Village, Couple Allegedly Beaten Up on Orders of Village Panchayat as 'Punishment' for Eloping

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In Madhya Pradesh Village, Couple Allegedly Beaten Up on Orders of Village Panchayat as 'Punishment' for Eloping

Police have arrested four people in connection with the incident.

Alirajpur:  A man and a woman were allegedly beaten up and paraded on the orders of a tribal panchayat in Madhya Pradesh's Alirajpur district on Tuesday, as 'punishment' for eloping.

The couple, which had eloped on December 21, was reportedly traced by family members on Wednesday and then brought back to their village.

When the couple was produced before the tribal panchayat, it reportedly ordered that the man be tonsured and the woman's hair be chopped off.

The couple was then reportedly paraded through the village and beaten up badly.

The woman, who has three children, told media personnel, "I was being harassed by my husband and in-laws. We eloped ten days ago, but we were caught by family members. Our hair was chopped off and we were beaten up."

The couple managed has filed a First Information Report or FIR in connection with the incident.

"We have received the complaint and we are doing everything we can to deliver justice to the victims. In the FIR, 10 people have been named. So far, we have arrested four. The other accused will be arrested soon," said Anand Singh Waskale, a senior police official.


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