Man accused of molestation in Patna let off with ‘5 sit ups’ by local panchayat

  • A man accused in a case of alleged molestation has been released by a local panchayat in Bihar's Nawada district with a punishment of "five sittings"
  • The diktat was delivered by a panchayat headed by a former mukhia in Akbarpur area on Monday
  • Nawada SP Dr. Gaurav Mangla said that a case has been registered against the accused and the whole matter will be thoroughly investigated

24 Nov 2022

A man accused in a case of alleged molestation has been released by a local panchayat in Bihar's Nawada district with a punishment of "five sittings". The diktat was delivered by a panchayat headed by a former mukhia in Akbarpur area on Monday.
The matter came to light on Wednesday night when a related video went viral on social media.

According to the viral video, the accused was doing sit-ups and holding his ears with dozens of men and women verbally abusing the youth. Police said the family of the minor girl had complained to the panchayat about the youth taking the girl to his poultry farm on the pretext of distributing chocolates. Fearing public shame and humiliation, the girl's parents approached the accused and his family. The girl's family protested and took the matter to the panchayat.

After hearing both sides, the panchayat concluded that the youth was innocent, but was found guilty of taking the minor to a remote place for unknown reasons.
One of the panchayat members, who did not wish to be quoted, said, “The family members of the minor have been told not to register a police complaint against the accused and take up the matter with the panchayat as registering an FIR will bring bad name. to their families."

Nawada SP Dr. Gaurav Mangla said that a case has been registered against the accused and the whole matter will be thoroughly investigated. However, Akbarpur police station SHO Ajay Kumar told HT that the girl's father alleged that the youth held her daughter on his lap and touched her inappropriately. The family suspected that the youth had tried to molest them and filed a complaint with the panchayat.


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