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Women from a village in India have expressed their joy after a man accused of attempted rape was released from police custody on a condition that he wash and iron the clothes of all women in the village for the next six months of his freedom.
The court did not give boundaries of women’s clothes the accused will be washing. This would imply that he will also have to wash the women’s underwear.
In a ruling made on Wednesday, September 22, Lalan Kumar will also buy detergent and other items to ensure the clothes of the 2,000 women in the village are sparkling clean. He will buy these items which his own money.
The 20-year-old suspect who does laundry business for a living was arrested in April for attempting to rape a police officer identified as Santosh Kumar Singh.
Head of the village council Nasima Khatoon noted that the ruling made against the Kumar will help boost the dignity of Indian women.
“All the women in the village are happy with the court decision,” Khatoon told AFP.
“It is historic. It will boost respect for women and help to protect their dignity,” he added.
Women from the village of Majhor in Bihar state said the court’s order has had a positive impact in the community by making crime against women a subject of discussion.
Cases on crime against women have been on the rise in India. In 2020 alone over 28,000 rape cases were recorded in the county. The police have been accused of not doing enough to prevent such cases and failing to take sexual assault cases to the court.