Two people in India were arrested this week for allegedly physically attacked and publicly humiliating a mother and daughter as a punishment for resisting rape.
Wednesday, a group of at least five men, including a public official, broke into the victims' residence in the northeast of Bihar in an attempt to destroy them, according to NDTV and Reuters. When the mother and daughter resisted the sexual assault, the attackers struck with wooden poles, shaving their heads in front of the village and parading them as punishment. The attacks of the other three men involved in the incident are currently unknown.
"We've been beaten very badly. I have injuries all over and my daughter also has some injuries," the mother said about the incident.
Telling the events, the daughter added: "I was alone with my mother around 6:30 in the evening when five men from the neighborhood came into the house and tried to smack me. When my mother and I protested, they started struck us with a stick and took us outside the house. "
According to The Hindustan Times the mother was 48 years old and the daughter 1
Officials from Bhagwanpur Police Station were still investigating the incident. "We have arrested two men so far and looked for the rest of the three accused in this case. The police are doing their best to entitle the family and we assure the investigation to be completed soon," Sanjay Kumar, Station House Officer ( SHO) from the Bhagwanpur Police Station explained.
The State Women's Commission condemned the attackers and promised to take "further actions".
Incidents of rape and sexual assault on women are many places in India, especially in rural areas. Earlier this year, another woman in the state of Bihar was physically assaulted and mocked naked through a market. In April, a young girl was challenged by four men to fight their attempt at gang rape. A man in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh killed two women with his car this week as they resisted his attempt to sexually assault one of their daughters.
In 2016, India recorded about 40,000 rapes, which averaged about 100 a day.