Virginity Test of Bride: Crime and oppression against women have been going on for centuries, which continues even in today's modern era.
One such case has come to light from Bhilwara in Rajasthan where the bride was forced to undergo a virginity test on the very first day after marriage and for failing in it, the Khap Panchayat imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on her.
The in-laws also assaulted the girl for failing the virginity test and then publicly humiliated her by calling the Khap Panchayat.
When the matter caught fire, the police have now started their investigation.
According to the complaint lodged by the victim woman at Bagore police station in Bhilwara, her husband and in-laws assaulted her before convening a Khap panchayat at a local temple.
To know whether the girl is a virgin or not in the Sansi society, the 'Kukdi system' exists as a social evil.
According to the police, after the virginity test, the woman told her in-laws that she was raped by a neighbour shortly before the wedding and a rape case was registered at Subhash Nagar police station on May 18.
According to the victim, she said, 'I failed in the Kukdi Pratha, the ritual was held in the afternoon'. After that, there was a discussion till late at night and I did not say anything out of fear.
Then the husband and in-laws beat me, I told them that she was raped. The matter came to the fore, after which a report was submitted and a case was registered.'
Mandal sub-inspector Surendra Kumar said, “It is a social evil, which is known as the Kukdi Pratha in Rajasthan, a case came to the fore, after which a report was submitted and a case was registered.
The police found in its report that a Khap panchayat was convened on May 31, where the victim's family was asked to pay Rs 10 lakh. According to the police, a case has been registered under IPC sections 498A (dowry), 384 (extortion), 509 (outraging the modesty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
In the Sansi society of Rajasthan, Kukdi Pratha has been going on for centuries as a social evil. Under this, after marriage, there is a ritual between husband and wife, which is called Kukdi.
It is a practice in which a woman has to undergo a virginity test. As soon as a woman gets married, she has to give proof of her virginity to the in-laws.
On the day of the honeymoon, a white sheet is laid on the bed of the married couple. During this practice, when a physical relationship is formed between both of them on the day of the honeymoon, then the next morning the family members find traces of blood on the sheet.
If there are no traces of blood on the sheet, then the girl is considered to be characterless or impure.
For not being a virgin, the in-laws beat her and pressurize her to confess in front of the panchayat that she had a relationship with someone else earlier.
This practice started in the era of the British i.e. when some foreigners came to India, they forcibly made physical relations with the women of India and used to throw them anywhere.
So in such a situation, the people here always looked at women with suspicion. In such a situation, a thread called Kukdi was used to test the virginity of women.
No law has yet been enacted to stop this practice. In this, a lot of atrocities are done with the victim woman by intimidating her.