Kangaroo courts, which are made up of village elders, are medieval-style illegal justice systems in which a small group of elders, generally men, make arbitrary decisions to administer rapid "justice." The remedies or penalties declared by these gatherings are often lethal and harsh for those who are subjected to them.
According to a police officer in the eastern state of West Bengal, a woman was stripped of her clothes and forced to parade through the hamlet as a "punishment" for returning home to her husband after six months.
After the incident was documented on social media, the woman was rescued by the local police.
Bholanath Pandey, a top police official in Alipurduar, West Bengal, said, "We will arrest all those who are accountable for the event."
The 35-year-old woman had reportedly left the community with a man with whom she had an unlawful relationship, according to reports.
While her spouse was overjoyed to see her again, the townspeople were not. When she returned, they began questioning her about her whereabouts during the previous six months. When she didn't respond, the village elders formed a kangaroo court to "pronounce a decision."
When she failed to justify her stay with another individual, she was hauled out of her house and attacked.
"Her clothes were torn from her and she was forced to walk around the village. The woman was captured on video by a few people. The victim was so taken aback that she escaped and became missing for days ", according to sources quoted in a local newspaper.
According to the police, the woman is still in shock and is being monitored by doctors.
"It is barbarous," said Trinamool Congress leader Dhiresh Chandra Roy, "and we want the police to take stern actions against those involved, even if any are from our party."