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India village courts wield excess authority over personal matters
India village courts wield excess authority over personal matters

Mangal Singh Kamble, 31, was married in June but lost his bride the same day, after their union was rejected by an informal and powerful village court. The unofficial court in western India, one of thousands of community tribunals that operate outside India's Constitution, ruled that Kamble's Hindu wedding ceremony had not taken place "according to community norms," including a test to determine whether the bride was a virgin. Kamble, who views virginity testing as inhumane and rejects the informal court's authority, suspects a different reason. "The motive was to extort money," the civil service student said. The council members demanded about $800...

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