India has a huge problem with rape across the country, considering many of its poorer areas still hold on to extreme traditions. However, some women are fighting back.
A video has gone viral of the women in one Indian village taking matters into their own hands after a girl was raped in the village.
Footage shows the women gathered in a circle, having tied up the rapist, as they took turns beating him with sticks.
The Daily Mail reports:
The man doesn’t appear to fight the beating, and instead lies on the ground as the women continue to hit him with sticks.
Footage ends with a clip of a police officer speaking to crowds as the alleged rapist lies on the ground nearby, still tied up.
The details of the alleged rape are unknown.
Video of the women getting their revenge on the man was uploaded to LiveLeak, where it has been watched more than 23,000 times.
Sexual assault continues to be a national issue in India, where the number of reported rapes in the country is in the tens of thousands each year.
In 2015 alone, there were 34,000 reported cases of rape in the country, though that number is likely to be far higher since many do not go to the police for fear they will not be believed, or will be shunned by their community.
Marital rape is also not considered a crime, further adding to the number of unreported cases. In 2014 there were around 14,000 reported cases of child rape.
The most infamous rape case in modern Indian history took place in New Delhi in 2012, when intern Jyoti Singh was brutally attacked on a bus by six men who – among other things – violated her with a steel pole.
She was taken to hospital but died almost two weeks later from internal injuries, sparking nationwide protests.
This is just one of the many examples of ways women in India are learning to fight back. If local authorities won’t take control, they are.
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