Madhubani district court judge Avinash Kumar granted the defendant bail on Tuesday on the condition that he would wash the clothes of all the women in his village and return them after they were properly ironed.
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Copies of the judge’s order have also been sent to the head of the local village council and Sarpanch, a village council official with limited judicial powers, to obtain information about the defendant’s behavior and also to find out whether the defendant followed court directions. The court order has become the talk of the town.
“The court order contains a big social message. From now on, no defendant will dare to commit such a crime,” Parshuram Mishra, the defendant’s lawyer, was quoted as saying Gulf News, Thursday (23/9/2021).
Mishra says her client is a washerwoman and wants to atone for her sins through her ancestral profession. “After hearing his appeal, the court granted such an order,” the lawyer said.
According to officials, the total population of the village where the defendant is located is around 2,000 and thus the defendant is required to wash their clothes regularly according to court orders.
Local village council chairman Nasima Khatoon called the court’s decision a historic verdict. “This will protect the honor and dignity of women and people will think a hundred times before committing such crimes,” he said.
In a case registered with the police, a young man identified as Lalan Kumar Safi is accused of breaking into a woman’s home and attempting to rape her on April 17, 2021.
Following up on the victim’s complaint, the police arrested the suspect on April 19, 2021 and sent him to prison. Since then, the 20-year-old youth has been in prison.
The increasing incidence of rape has become a serious problem in Bihar. According to official reports, 8,519 incidents of rape have been reported to the Bihar police department since 2015. This year alone, a total of 909 incidents of rape have been reported as of July or about 130 incidents occurring every month.