02 Jan '12, 3am

Indian woman dips hands in boiling water to prove her 'purity' to her husband

(THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - In a shocking incident in a village in India, a married woman was asked to dip her hands in boiling water to prove her fidelity, Makkal Osai reported. Elders in Madulapalem village in the Kamepally district of Andhra Pradesh state had asked 35-year-old Mdm Sayamma to soak her hands in the steaming water following allegations by her husband that she had been unfaithful. The complainant, Mr Ramaiah, 37, had sought to divorce his wife but the village panchayat (council), which consists of caste elders, decided that she should first go through the 'purity test'. They said it was a common ritual in their caste. Mdm Sayamma, whose hands got severely blistered, reportedly said she had to take the test to prove her purity. The couple had been married for seven years.

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