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55-year-old woman forced to beg for a week, take dip in Ganga after a calf accidentally dies

BHOPAL — A 55-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind of Indian state was allegedly ordered by a caste panchayat to beg for a week as penance for accidentally causing the death of a calf.

The money she received would go towards financing a trip to the Ganges, where she was to take a wholy dip as part of the penance, the village panchayat had ruled.

Kamlesh Shriwas, a resident of Matadin village, was reportedly asked to leave Bhind and beg in nearby villages for seven days by the panchayat that met within hours of the death of the calf on Friday morning, NDTV reported.

On August 31, Kamlesh was trying to pull away a calf from its mother when the rope got entangled in its neck and the animal was strangled.

When news of the calf’s death spread, the panchayat of Nai community gathered and announced the punishment. Else, according to a punishment, she would face social boycott for life.

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“… She was not even allowed to enter the village,” said her son Anil Shrivas, adding, “Nobody had raised any objection for fear.”

His mother, he said, stayed with a relative at a nearby village and begged for money everyday till she fell sick and had to be admitted in a hospital. She was now discharged from the hospital.

The panchayat chief, however, denied issuing any punishment.

“She herself called the panchayat members and told them that she had decided to do penance,” said Shambu Shrivas, the panchayat chief.

No police case has been filed. The police have said they would take action once they receive the complaint.