Hope you haven't had your breakfast, because what you're about to read is going to make you sick to your stomach.

Thirteen people in India have been arrested for their involvement in the case of the gang rape of a woman. According to reports, the woman had been punished because she had agreed to marry a man from outside of the village.

The couple was confronted by officials of the local village and tied to trees in the village square. They were asked to pay fines totaling about $442 USD. The man paid and was set free, but the woman's family refused.

And that's when the head of the village council "ordered" villagers to "enjoy her." She was then forced into a shed and raped repeatedly until the following morning when she was delivered to her family’s house.

To make things worse, the family wasn’t even permitted to leave the home to care for the girl. They had to sneak out to bring her to the hospital to treat her critically injures.

According to police, the participants in the attack claim that they did so because they were ordered to by the village council.
Sunil Soren, a tribal leader from a nearby village, insisted in a telephone interview that people in the area "respect our women a lot." But he said that Mr. Sheikh and the young woman were "in an objectionable situation," and that such incidents "pollute the minds of youngsters."

"In the excitement, some wrong things happened," Mr. Soren said.
This isn't the first time a woman from tribal India has been humiliated and assaulted for having an affair with someone from another village. So here's hoping that the authorities finally do something about it to make sure this case becomes the last.

[The Times of India]