70-year-old farmer dies after forced to stand on one leg to atone calf death
A 70-year-old farmer from Madhya Pradesh�s Bundelkhand died after he was reportedly forced to stand on one leg for three hours to "atone" for a calf's death.
A 70-year-old farmer from Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand died after he was reportedly forced to stand on one leg for three hours to "atone" for a calf's death.
On December 9, the calf of a cow was found dead on Har Singh Lodhi's farm in Bada Malhera village of Chhattarpur district with an empty bottle of rat poison lying nearby. The panchayat is said to have summoned Lodhi and asked him to atone for his "sin" of allegedly leaving a bottle of poison open, reports The Telegraph.
According the report Lodhi had to undergo a series of "purification" rituals. "First, he had to travel to Allahabad to take a holy dip at Sangam and tonsure his head. When he returned, he organised two community meals and paid a fine of Rs 500," says Dariyab the son of Har Singh, accusing three panchayat men of ordering further "punishment".
"My father was himself keen to undertake the punishment as he had been feeling low since the calf died. After three hours of suffering and constantly changing legs, he fainted. He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival," Dariyab said.
The police said that a complaint had been lodged against unknown persons under Section 174 of the CrPC (death under circumstances raising a reasonable suspicion).