"He and his friend's wife were beaten and tied up"
After an Indian youth and a woman were beaten and spat on for their alleged affair, an FIR was registered against six people.
The incident happened on the orders of a village panchayat in Purnia, Bihar, on November 10, 2019. The assault came to light after a video went viral.
Villagers explained that the assault happened after a meeting was called by the mukhiya’s husband Visho Singh and the village sarpanch’s husband Sanjay Mandal.
Subhash Chaudhary, Golu Chaudhary, Uday Chand and Sadanand Das have also been identified in the FIR.
According to the young man, Manish Yadav explained that he and the woman were beaten and spat on after they were accused of having an affair.
He went on to say that he and the married woman were later forced to spit on the ground before licking it as “punishment for their crime.”
Mr Yadav denied having an affair and explained that the woman was his friend’s wife. A police statement read:
“Suddenly, some locals from the neighbourhood came and accused him of having an illicit relationship with a woman of the house and held him captive.
“He and his friend’s wife were beaten and tied up for about five hours.”
Since the attack, Manish is fearful of leaving his house. He stated that he and the woman were threatened by the panchayat of dire consequences if they told the police.
On November 19, 2019, Manish informed the police of his and the woman’s ordeal.
Mr Yadav told officers that Singh and Mandal demanded a penalty of Rs. 51,000 (£550). The beating stopped when he agreed to pay Rs. 11,000 (£120).
As well as the six named accused, police officers, are intending to register a case against others should they be identified in the video.
Police spoke to the woman who also denied having an affair with the Indian youth.
She explained that Manish was regularly by her house as he would use his tractor to plough the nearby field.
On the day of the attack, Manish had been inside her house charging his mobile phone when they were accused of having an affair.
SHO Sunil Kumar explained that based on the video footage and the statements of both victims, a case has been registered.
SDPO Prem Sagar stated that while a case has been registered against six people, they will not hesitate to file cases against other suspects if they are seen in the video.