In a shocking event, a woman was stripped naked and sexually assaulted by inserting chilli powder into her private part as 'punishment' for selling illicit liquor in the village in Assam Karimganj district. The Assam police have arrested 19 people of the village in the connection of the alleged assault.
This incident took place in a tribal village along the Assam-Mizoram border on September 10, came to light after a video of the assault went viral on the social media on Friday. A scrutiny of the clip revealed that a number of the attackers were women.
The victim registered a case at the Karimganj Chief Judicial Magistrate's court, she did not name anybody. "Early that day, they entered my house after breaking open its door. They stripped and beat me up," the woman said, identifying herself as a widow who lives with her in-laws.
"We have picked up 19 people in two days. The main culprits will also be arrested soon," said Assam Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia.
According to Karimganj Superintendent of Police Gaurav Upadhyay, the villagers had accused the woman of selling illegal liquor and indulging in "anti-social" activities. "But only an investigation can establish what exactly spurred this particular attack," he said.
"Besides the attackers, police will also take action under the Information Technology Act against those who recorded the video and circulated it on the social media," Mr Upadhyay added.