A 22-year-old woman is critical after being allegedly gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of village elders in India’s eastern state of West Bengal, reports say.
The elders meted out the rape as punishment for the woman’s involvement with a man from another community. The 13 men involved in ordering the punishment and in the rape have been arrested, reports said.
“It’s horrific. They (rapists) are all our neighbours and I call some of them as kaka (uncle) and some others as dada (elder brother) or bhai (brother),” said a report in The Hindustan Times newspaper, quoting the woman.
The woman is in a hospital in Birbhum district. The Associated Press reports her condition as serious.
Last month India marked the one-year anniversary of the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi. She later died of her injuries.
The case sparked widespread protests.