A caste council in India has made the bizarre request that a 6-year-old rape victim eventually be married to the son of the man who allegedly raped her.
The 40-year-old man who supposedly raped the girl, identified as Kailash, has a son who is only 8. The girl lives in the same neighborhood as Kailash.
"Kailash locked her in a room and raped her. Instead of registering a police complaint, elders belonging to the girl's caste called a panchayat (village council) meeting," said a police official.
The panchayat ordered the girl's parents to get her married to Kailash's young son, the Times Of India reported.
Neither the girl's parents nor Kailash accepted the council’s decision. Police say that while the two sides were negotiating about the best way to proceed, Kailash raped the girl again.
After social activists found out about the second alleged rape, they brought the girl and her parents to Mahaveer Nagar police station in Kota and filed a complaint.
Kailash has since been arrested and an investigation has been launched into the council’s decision.