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UP Khap Panchayat denies ordering rape of Baghpat sisters


UP Khap Panchayat denies ordering rape of Baghpat sisters

Sankrod, Baghpat, Sept 03 (ANI): A village council in Uttar Pradesh has denied allegations that it ordered two young sisters to be raped because their brother eloped with a higher caste woman. The council's purported ruling led to an international outcry and hundreds of thousands of people have demanded their safety.

Now, members of the village council in the Baghpat region of UP said they passed no such order. When the accusations first emerged last month, they spread like wildfire.

An online petition by Amnesty International seeking justice and protection for the low-caste sisters gathered over 260,000 signatures, mostly in Britain. However, family members said in interviews that they had not been present when the council held their meeting and cannot confirm the order.

He identified one of the villagers, a man who said he had heard it from others.

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