Indian man sentenced to wash 2,000 women's clothes for six months

An Indian man accused of attempted rape has been released on parole, washing and ironing all the women in his village for six months.

Lalan Kumar, 20, will have to buy detergents and other materials to provide free laundry services for six months for the clothes of about 2,000 women in Majhur village in Bihar state, under the ruling on Wednesday.

A police officer in Madhubani district of Bihar state Santosh Kumar Singh said Kumar, who washes clothes for his livelihood, was arrested in April on charges including attempted rape.

"All the women of the village are happy with the court's decision," said Nassima Khatoun, head of the village council.


"It is historic and it will enhance respect for women and help preserve dignity," added Khatun, one of the prominent figures in the village who will be watching Kumar.

Women in the village felt that this ruling had a positive effect as it opened the debate in the village about crimes against women.

"This is a great move and a different kind of punishment that sends a message to the community," Anjum Berwin said.

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