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Khap panchayat did not order rape of two sisters, claim police and villagers!

Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Sep 01, 2015, 03:56 PM IST

Earlier media reports had claimed that a khap panchayat in Baghpat district allegedly ordered that two sisters be raped and paraded naked as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman from another caste.
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    Meerut: A Khap panchayat's alleged rape order of two Uttar Pradesh sisters has rocked even the British Parliament. A request has been made to British Parliament to ensure the safety of two sisters. Amnesty International petition on this issue has been widely circulated with people supporting the cause. But, now serious doubts have been raised about the existence of such an order by the Khap panchayat.
    According to reports, police and locals claim that no such order was ever passed.
    Baghpat superintendent of police Sharad Sachan has denied that such an order was passed but added that the two Dalit girls from Sankrod village and their family had been provided security, reports The Times of India.
    Earlier media reports had claimed that a khap panchayat in Baghpat district allegedly ordered that two sisters be raped and paraded naked as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman from another caste.
    "We believe that the woman went with the man willingly," Additional Superintendent of Police, Vidyasagar Misra was quoted as saying by BBC.
    "But in our investigations we didn't find any evidence that a village council meeting took place and order passed against anyone as reported."
    We put this to Amnesty who said they had based their information on the sister's petition to the Supreme Court.
    "We have not been on the ground, we have not visited the village," Amnesty spokesperson Gopika Bashi told BBC.
    Image: Residents of Sankraud are outraged at the focus on an event they say didn't happen
    Image courtesy: BBC

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