Wednesday, October 25, 2006

"Kolhu Ka Bail"

Forty-six-year-old Yadav is the only survivor of five villagers accused of stealing a pair of oxen from a house in Nawada Ben village on 19 June 1973.
And how is he paying for the crime?
Every three months, Surajnath Yadav treks 20km from his village to the district headquarters spending 50-100 rupees($1.11 to $2) on travel and lawyer's fees.
But that's not all.
The court case against the surviving accused continues even though the stolen oxen were recovered seven months after the theft.
BBC has the story.

(For non-Hindi readers: "Kolhu ka bail", a Hindi phrase, means "an ox that turns the oil-press", i.e., major drudgery.)

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