In May, 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari, her 15-year-old sister and their family fled their village in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, fearing violence after their brother eloped with a married, upper caste woman. Their house was ransacked.
In July, a khap panchayat– an unelected all-male village council – ordered that both sisters be raped & paraded naked as punishment for their brother’s elopement. Meenakshi filed a Supreme Court petition seeking protection for her family. The family is also concerned for the safety of the woman who eloped. Meenakshi’s father has lodged complaints, alleging harassment by the police & the woman’s family.
Please act now to ensure the safety of Meenakshi and her family as well as a swift, full and impartial investigation into the horrific rape order made by the Village Council. Read more