31/12/2014 11:59 GMT | Updated 07/01/2015 09:59 GMT

Rajasthani Woman Sentenced To Facial Maiming After Alleged Rapist's Complaint

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Indian students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest organized to create awareness on gender- based violence on women in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014. The alleged rape by a driver of a taxi-booking service Uber in New Delhi last week, almost two years after a young woman was fatally gang raped on a bus in the capital, has renewed national anger over sexual violence in India and demands for more effort to ensure women's safety. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Village elders in India have ordered a woman's nose to be cut off following a complaint from the man who allegedly raped her, reports say.

Police say the woman is considered an "untouchable", the lowest of India's historic caste system. She went to police to say her father-in-law had been harassing her, and had later raped her.

The man was arrested but released on bail, at which point he summoned a panchayat - a court of local village elders - who decided to punish the woman for running away from her husband's home, the Hindustan Times reports.

She was sentenced to maiming by the panchayat and is currently in police protection.

Panchayats are separate from the police in India, and are normally used to adjudicate cases being fought by members of the same caste.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to Officer Devichand Dhaka of Dhorimana Police.