Yep, you read that right. Two sisters, Meenakshi Kumari, 23 and her 15 year old sister have been sentenced to be gang-raped by a group of village elders in the Baghpat district of India. The girls are said to have committed no crimes themselves, but are being punished after their brother eloped earlier this year.
Meenakshi and her sister are part of the lowest caste in India and their brother is said to have ran away with a woman from the highest caste, who was already married. It’s not clear if their brother is in any danger himself, as the un-elected council voted to “avenge” his behavior by punishing his sisters.
Usually, my ‘anti-rape’ posts go unread and nothing gets done other than a couple shares and likes across Google+. This time there is something we can all do to help:
Amnesty International have started a petition for justice for the girls. They say:
“Sumit Kumar, another brother of Meenakshi says that members of the Jat caste are powerful members of the village council, ‘the Jat decision is final’. His family fears for their lives if they return.”
“Meenakshi has filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for protection, and her father has lodged a complaint with two national bodies saying that both his family has been harassed not just by the family of the eloped woman (who are of the dominant caste and, therefore influential), but also by the police.”
India’s Supreme Court is said to regularly overrule decisions made by village councils, so this petition to the Supreme Court is the girls’s best change of escaping this sinister treatment.
You can sign the petition by clicking HERE.