A middle-aged man was thrashed and then garlanded with slippers after the villagers caught him attempting to rape a minor in the Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh.

Reportedly, the man identified as Balbhadra alias Mastana attempted to molest a minor girl of the village when she was alone playing outside her house in the village.

The victim’s mother said, “My daughter was playing outside the house when Balbhadra tried to molest her.”

As the rape accused tried to take her away, the girl apparently raised an alarm that caught the attention of the people nearby; who then got hold of Balbhadra before he could fee from the spot.

The villagers then shaved his head and started beating the accused. They also paraded him with a garland of slippers around his neck before handing him to the local police, reports ANI.

Confirming the incident, Hardoi Superintendent of Police, Vipin Kumar Mishra, said, ” Balbhadra was trying to molest a minor girl, who was later caught and beaten up by the villagers.”

A police complaint has been registered against the accused and the investigation is underway.