WATCH: Indian girl beaten with sticks over 'love marriage'

Published: August 17, 2019
Video of victim being beaten by village elder goes viral in Andhra Pradesh. PHOTO: NDTV

Video of victim being beaten by village elder goes viral in Andhra Pradesh. PHOTO: NDTV

A video went viral on Saturday in which an Indian girl is being beaten up by a village elder in the presence of several others in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantpur district.

According to NDTV, the girl, who is believed to be a minor, had secretly running off to marry her 20-year-old cousin.

The couple was brought presented before the village elders and cautioned against having a relationship.

In the video, the 20-year-old is seated on the ground, with downcast eyes, and the so called village elder is questioning the frail girl before him.

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An answer she gives upsets him and he starts assaulting her, multiple times, repeatedly, first with his bare hands and subsequently with a stick.

Anantpur district police chief B Yesubabu said that no one was coming forward to lodge a complaint against the village elder, not even the parents. “They say the elder intervened on their behalf and so they are not willing to complain.”

The police has now sent a woman constable to check if the girl will file a complaint. If she mentions that she had a physical relationship with the boy, he could be booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO.

If no formal complaint is lodged, the police will file a case under Prevention of SC/ST atrocities Act, police said.

Indian child rights activist Achyutha Rao of Balala Hakkula Sangham says he is alerting the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and has demanded that a case of attempt to murder and cruelty against children of JJ Act should be booked.

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