Khap humiliation: Malkangiri youth ends life

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Malkangiri: In a tragic incident, the humiliation and insult by a Khap Panchayat forced a youth to commit suicide at Kalimela in the district.

According to sources, Dibakar Bepari of MPV-20 village under Kalimela police limits had assisted a boy and minor girl flee from village some time back. Following complaint by the girl’s father, the panchayat convened a meeting in the village on Friday. The two lovers, who had returned to the village recently, were produced before the panchayat.

Bepari took the extreme step after he was beaten up by locals as part of punishment for supporting two lovers in the village. His body was found hanging near a temple on Friday.

Police launched a probe into the incident following a complaint by the youth’s brother.

The Kangaroo Court had slapped Rs 15,000 as fine on Dibakar and ordered the locals to thrash him in public for helping a minor girl have affair with a boy of the village.

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