Indian village council orders gang-rape of woman as punishment: Police
KOLKATA (AFP) - A woman was gang-raped by some 12 men on the orders of a village council in eastern India as punishment for apparently having an affair, a police officer said on Thursday.
The council ordered the horrific penalty to be carried out in a village in West Bengal state on Tuesday night after the 20-year-old woman was discovered with a man from another community, a senior officer said.
Police have arrested 12 people over the attack which was meted out after the woman's parents said they could not pay the fine of 25,000 rupees (S$517) imposed by the council for having the affair.
"The girl was gang-raped for having an affair with a youth of another community and failing to pay the fine which was imposed by the village council," district police superintendent C. Sudhakar told AFP.