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By Dharani | Aug 17, 2019 10:24 AM

A 17-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district was abused and thrashed by a 70-year-old village elder for allegedly falling in love with her 20-year-old cousin and wanting to marry him, the police said.

VIRAL VIDE0: 17-year-old Andhra Girl Thrashed by Village Elder

The incident which happened at K P Doddi village came to light after the video of the same went viral on social media. In the video, the village elder Boya Linganna can been seen slapping the girl repeatedly, beating her with a stick and kicking her.

According to the police, the girl’s parents had approached Linganna to resolve the issue when she was adamant on marrying her cousin. He called for a village meeting and summoned both the girl and the boy. After listening to their versions, Linganna and other elders advised the couple to forget their love. But the girl revolted and insisted that she be married to him. That’s when Linganna lost his cool and thrashed her.

When the police rushed to the village after seeing the video footage, none of the villagers including the girl’s parents were ready to launch a complaint. They said they have a huge respect for Linganna and threatened that they would stage a dharna if he gets arrested. However, the police booked a suo moto case against Linganna under section 324 of the Indian Penal Code (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means).