In a shocking incident, a man and two of his female relatives, including a minor, were tied to a tree and thrashed mercilessly by villagers after the man allegedly eloped with a married woman.
The incident occurred in Arjun colony area of Dhar district on Wednesday, police said.
In a video of the incident, one of the women tied to the tree can be seen being caned by another woman. Later, another person confronts the man who is tied to the tree and canes him and the other woman as well.
A large number of people, including women and children, were seen watching the whole incident Many of the onlookers even recorded the incident on their cell phones, but no one came to the rescue of the victims.
Speaking to media here, chief superintendent of police (CSP) Sanjeev Mule said, "A woman was missing from the colony and report of it was registered earlier. Some people of the area had suspicion over the victim that he had helped the missing woman flee, owing to which the incident occurred. Legal action is being taken. We have arrested five accused and have registered a case under relevant sections. More arrests will be made soon."
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