One of the Indian women sentenced to be gang-raped speaks of her fear

The sentence meted our on the girls (not pictured) has been met with world-wide condemnation (Picture: NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the sisters sentenced to be gang-raped in India has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal.

Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her 15-year-old sister fled her village after the elders decided they were to be gang-raped as punishment for their brother who ran away with a married woman.

She now lives in fear that someone will come for them and bring them back to the village in Baghpat within India’s Uttar Pradesh state, to face the vile form of ‘justice’.

‘How will we ever return home or to our village? If we ever return they will harm us or rape us. If not today then in the future,’ she said.

She believes their escape will have ‘humiliated’ the un-elected elders, claiming that they will ‘not forget this humiliation. They want their revenge’.

The trouble started because the girls’ brother, 25-year-old Sumit Kumar, is of a lower caste than the woman he ran away with.

The family has appealed to India’s Supreme Court from their hiding place, begging to be saved from the horrific punishment.

Despite the constant fear, Meenakshi says she doesn’t blame her brother for his actions.
‘Loving someone is not wrong,’ she said.

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