A women’s rights activist in India is gaining international attention after she publicly beat a man accused of raping a woman and forcing her to have an abortion, according to The Indian Express.
The incident, which occurred in Maharashtra in western India, was captured on video and posted on the internet. It involved women’s rights activist Trupti Desai and a man named Srikant Londhe who Desai beat with a shoe, according to the report.
Police reportedly arrested Londhe after the incident on Wednesday. He is being charged with rape and forcing an abortion without a woman’s consent, the report states.
Desai said Londhe had raped a young woman and promised to marry her, but later refused and forced the woman to abort their unborn child. She told reporters that the young woman came to her for help. Desai said she contacted the man’s family, but when they refused to hold Londhe accountable, Desai decided to beat Londhe publicly to teach him a lesson.
“We thrashed him in full public view and forced the police to register the woman’s complaint,” Ms Desai said, also promising, “Whenever there will be violence or such cases against women, I will take the law in my hand.”
Ms Desai, 31, has earlier made headlines with her fiery campaigns against the age-old practice of banning women from places of worship in the country. She said she had been asked by the young woman to intervene after Mr Londhe refused to marry her.
“When the girl came to me with the complaint, I even met the man’s father and insisted that he marry her, but he refused and tried to settle the matter by offering money to the victim,” the activist said.
Forced abortions are a major problem in the Asian nation. In 2012, India enacted a law punishing families who force women to abort a female baby. The law passed as report indicated that the gender ratio in the nation is worsening because of sex-selection abortions and infanticide.
According to the International Business Times, the male-female ratio is worsening in India. Between 1961 and 2011, the ratio of male and female births plunged from 976 girls per 1,000 boys to 914 girls per 1,000 boys, according to the report.
Pressure and coercion to abort an unborn baby are problems in the United States, too. One study found that 65 percent of women who had abortions said they felt coerced into it by a partner or parent.