Ghaziabad, Mar 17: In a most shameful punishment ever awarded to a rapist, a man accused of raping a minor was sentenced to 5 kicks as a punishment for his crime by the village panchayat in Ghaziabad.
The accused raped his niece when she was alone in the house at Saulana village on Saturday, Mar 13. The girl reported the matter to her parents who confronted the accused.
"After my daughter told me about the rape I confronted him. He asked me to settle the matter among ourselves," the victim's mother said in media reports.
But, they decided to go the police when he was allowed to go free with the filmsiest punishment of five kicks.
"The girl told her parents who threatened to go to the police. But the people in the area called a Panchayat and tried to cover up the matter," Superintendent of Police (SP) Capt M M Baig reportedly said.
Police said that a case under section 376 (rape) was lodged against the accused on Tuesday, Mar 16 and the victim has been sent for medical examination.
Efforts are being made to arrest the accused, police said.