Minor Girl Made to Shave Head to ‘Purify’ Self After Molestation

The family from a Chhattisgarh village were also asked to arrange for a hearty feast for the villagers. 

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A 13-year-old girl's hair was cut by people from her community as part of a "purification ritual" after she was allegedly molested by a man in Chhattisgarh's Kawardha district, police said on Tuesday, 13 February.

The man was arrested on Tuesday, 13 February, and a search was on for the community members who had ordered and carried out the "ritual", officials said.

The hair-cutting incident occurred on 5 February in a village under the Kukdur police station, around 75 km away from the district headquarters, Superintendent of Police, Kawardha, Lal Umed Singh told PTI.

On 21 January, the girl was molested by a person identified as Arjun Yadav (22) when she had gone to work at a construction site in the area. Following this, she informed her parents who informed the local village panchayat.
Lal Umed Singh

The official said that the panchayat disposed off the matter the next day by imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on Yadav.

"However, on 4 February, the Baiga Adivasi community, to which the girl belongs, convened a meeting and ostracised her family stating that their daughter had become impure due to the molestation incident," said Singh.

The community members ordered that the girl’s hair be chopped off in order to purify her.
Lal Umed Singh

He also said that the girl’s hair was cut the next day.

Her family also had to organise a feast for members of the community, Singh said.

He said that when the incident came to light, a police team was sent to the village and Yadav, who was accused of molestation, was arrested.

"At least 10 people, including three women, who were involved in chopping off the girl's hair, are at large and efforts are on to trace them," the officer said.

He said that a case had been registered in this connection.

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