In yet another incident showing medieval mind-set, a caste panchayat in Khurai town in Sagar disitrict of MP, a woman was forced to undergo `agni pariksha’ to prove that she was not a thief. A woman was alleged by her neighbour of stealing from his house. Panchayat who heard the matter ordered her to perform `sara’ ritual. Seven `peepal’ leaves were tried to her palms, she had to was seven steps holding hot iron rods in her hands.
The incident happened in a town and not a tribal village. Often such incidents are explained away on account of tribal culture in remote villages. SDM of Khurai village admitted that what happened was unlawful and action would be taken, but so far it is still awaited.
Source: India Express 9 July 2010
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