The Chhota Udepur region police has confined 17 individuals regarding the viral video of a 17-year-old young lady being openly lashed in Bilvant town of the locale. The occurrence was accounted for on May 27 after the video was brought to the notification of the police. The young lady was flagellated with sticks on May 21 by her family members, including her fatherly uncle and cousins, for purportedly eloping with an adolescent from a similar town, police said.
On May 28, another video of the young lady surfaced where she is purportedly marched in the town with the adolescent mounted on her shoulders. Taking suo motu discernment, the police booked two individuals who were recognized in the subsequent video and kept them. “The second video of the parading of the girl was shot the same day, prior to the flogging incident. Most of the faces are similar to the ones in the first video — those who were named in the FIR. We have identified two more persons and detained them,” the Investigating Officer said. The detained have been taken for Covid testing and will be formally arrested once the results come out.
The youth in the video, who was also booked under charges of abduction as the girl is a minor, was detained by the police on Friday. “The youth had fled the village out of fear. We traced him from a relative’s house. He, too, has been detained and sent for Covid testing as per protocol,” the officer added.