The police in West Bengal say a young woman was tied up to a tree on Monday night on the orders of the village council before she was gang-raped as punishment for falling in love with a man from a different religion.
The 20-year-old is in a local hospital in critical condition.
13 men have been arrested for the barbaric crime which took place in a village in Birbhum district, some 180 km from Kolkata. However, other villagers deny the incident completely and are angry with the woman for reporting the matter to the police.
"The morol (village headman) ordered that I be 'enjoyed' by the men of the village. Following his orders, at least 10-12 people, including (some) members of a single family, continuously raped me. I lost count of how many times I was raped," said the woman.
The village elders, the police say, summoned the young woman and the man she was seeing, ti
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