Eloped teenage girl, youth tonsured, paraded in Uttar Pradesh
Varanasi: A teenage
girl and a 20-year-old boy were tonsured allegedly by their family members and
kin for eloping, following which six persons were arrested in Koirajpur village
here, police said on Tuesday.
The duo who returned to
the village five days after elopement, were tonsured last Sunday, following
which six persons including the family members of the youth and a distant
relative of the girl were arrested yesterday, SHO of Badagaon police station
Isha Khan said.
Meanwhile, local media
reports stated that the duo were tonsured and paraded last Sunday on the orders
of the ‘panchayat’, Circle Officer (CO) of Badagaon, Santosh Kumar, however,
refuted such claim saying that neither were they paraded nor the ‘panchayat’
There was no as such
thing as holding ‘panchayat’ in the village that ordered parading the victims,
Kumar said, adding only family members of the youth and distant relatives of
the girl were involved who decided to tonsure the duo.
Reports in the local
media also claimed that the girl’s father went to lodge a complaint in this
matter but was initially ignored by to Harahua Police outpost personnel citing
that it was a personal matter of both the families, Kumar said.
Later when the
incident was published by the media an FIR was registered at Badagaon police
station yesterday under 363, 366, 368, 376, 323, 504, 506 of the IPC and POCSO