On the 13th of June 2011, some kids were accused of stealing the mobile phone of a person they were bathing with near a village well.
Three boys and the accuser all lived in the Girol Village, a backward Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh in India. Interestingly, Madhya Pradesh is oftentimes referred to as the “heart of India.”
The boys needed to prove their innocence by supposedly dipping their hands in boiling oil in the house of the alleged victim’s uncle.
The oil-dipping was followed by an oath at the Hanuman Temple, where the boys proclaimed their innocence.
When the boys’ families reported the incident to the police hoping to get some sort of justice, the staff at the Agasod Police treated them badly.
The police superintendent meanwhile said that the uncle of the person who lost the mobile phone had been booked under Sections 323 and 324 of the IPC.
He also assured them that the boys’ hands were not dipped in boiling oil–-rather, it was boiling water!
As if this makes us feel any better!