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Only in India - Sisters set to be raped as punishment because their brother eloped with a married woman

A pair of sisters, one of whom is only 15, are to be raped as punishment for their brother running away with a married woman in rural India.

The teenager and her elder sister Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, will also be paraded through the streets naked with blackened faces, according to an unelected all-male village council.

The barbaric punishment has been handed down in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, around 30 miles north of New Delhi.

According to Zee News, the pair's brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the higher Jat caste and the couple eloped in March, even after they were forcibly separated and she was married off to another man in February.
The sisters fled the village in May fearing retribution, causing the family's home to be ransacked.

The Kumaris are Dalits, or untouchables, at the very bottom of India's ancient caste system, transgressions of which are still taken extremely seriously in many parts of society.
The couple have now reportedly surrendered after their family were allegedly tortured by police and members of the Jat community to avenge the brother's actions.

But that was not considered sufficient retribution and the Khap panchayat, or village council - of which Jats are prominent figures - has decided on the punishment for the sisters.

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