Thousands Demand Justice for Sisters Sentenced to be Raped

NEW DELHI— More than a hundred thousand people have signed a petition calling for justice for the two sisters sentenced to be raped as punishment against their brother.

An all-male village council has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister should be gang raped, have their faces blackened and then be paraded naked because their brother eloped with a married woman from a higher caste.

The council called this an eye-for-eye form of justice designed to “avenge the dishonor” incurred by their brothers’ actions.

The two sisters who have fled their home after the rape order are petitioning for protection from India’s Supreme Court, backed by a campaign from Amnesty International.

The case has provoked international outrage, with high profile figures including former Queen guitarist Brian May urging people to sign the petition against it. He tweeted: “Unbelievable. How do we combat the mountain of evil in our world? Step by step, stone by stone, day by day.”  Agencies

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