A day after the video of a 23-year-old tribal woman being allegedly stripped and paraded naked by her husband and other villagers for eloping with another man in Gujarat’s Dahod district, the police on Wednesday arrested 14 people, including her husband and two minors.
Police sources said alarmed by the incident the State Home Department had issued strict instructions to the district police to initiate immediate action in the case.
The video of the incident, which took place earlier this month at a village in Dhanpur taluka of Dahod district, went viral on social media. After this, the Dhanpur police lodged an FIR on Tuesday.
According to the police, the incident took place at Khajuri village of tribal-dominated Dhanpur taluka on July 6.
In the viral video, the victim's husband along with other men, mostly his relatives, is seen dragging, hitting and stripping his wife in public, in the presence of women and children, he said, adding that as a punishment, the victim was also forced to carry her husband on her shoulders and walk.
Although the video shows some women trying to cover the victim, the accused can be seen snatching away the clothes given by other women, the official said.
"The victim recently eloped with another man. Her husband and other villagers quickly traced the duo and brought them to the village. On July 6, she was traumatised in full public view as a punishment. We have arrested all the accused seen in the video," Patel said.
The accused were arrested on the charges of rioting, assault, criminal intimidation and insulting modesty of a woman under the IPC and under relevant provisions of the IT Act for making and circulating the video, the official said.