The group of men, including a local government official, had burst into the home of the mother and her teenage daughter, intending to rape the daughter, according to The Independentbut the two women fought back. The men then assaulted them, shaved their heads, and publicly paraded them through the village. The incident is the latest in a string of audacious crimes against women in Bihar state, the BBC reports.
In the middle ages torture was used to extract information, force confessions, punish suspects, frighten opponents, and satisfy personal hatred. Historically, ancient Greeks and Romans used torture for interrogation. Until the second century AD, torture was used only on slaves.
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Most of today's penal codes are guided by the idea of "letting the punishment fit the crime" — but when it came time to dole out punishments for crimes in medieval Europethe philosophy was a bit closer to "let the punishment appear to have been made up out of thin air. But despite how deranged most of these punishments sound now, they actually made some sense in context. Though most medieval punishments now look simply like torture used to extract confessions, at the time, people truly believed that pain could be used to determine a person's guilt or innocence.