In­ci­dents in MP were ru­mours, say po­lice

The New Indian Express - - INDIA - EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Bhopal

BRAID chop­ping in­ci­dents in Mad­hya Pradesh were first re­ported in Morena and Sheopur dis ricts in Cham­bal re­gion in the first week of Au­gust.

The cases sur­faced in vil­lages in Vir­pur, Karhal and Man­pur ar­eas of Sheopur district and Kaila­ras town and Rathore Colony in the ad­join­ing Morena district bor­der­ing Ra­jsthan.

Ac­cord­ing to Morena su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Aditya Pratap Singh, around eight to ten cases were re­ported in Morena alone.

How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the cases were ei­ther fab­ri­cated by women or they were the hand­i­work of ru­mour mon­gers.

“In one of the cases, a teenage girl went to a toi­let in the vil­lage and mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared. Re­mains of her braid were found ly­ing out­side the toi­let, which made vil­lagers al­lege that her dis­ap­pear­ance was the hand­i­work of some braid chop­ping gang,” said Singh.

How­ever, sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the girl had eloped with some­one to Mathura in ad­join­ing UP and and had her­self chopped her braid.

In Sheopur district, nearly eight to ten cases were re­ported dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Two to three men were ar­rested in the mat­ter.

“In one of the cases,a wo­man chopped off her hair in a bid to cover up the scuf­fle she had with her hus­band re­sult­ing in in­juries, from her neigh­bours. The mat­ter was treated as mys­te­ri­ous braid-chop­ping, but po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions led us to the man and the case was cracked,” said SP Sheopur district Shiv Dayal.

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