A village council in Pakistan ordered the as punishment of crime committed by her brother. Police have arrested 14 members of the council from Multan, Pakistan.
A police source confirmed that the latest arrests include the man who allegedly committed the ‘revenge rape’, which brings the total number detained to 18.
A jirga – or village council – had ordered the rape of the 16-year-old girl as a punishment, after her brother sexually assaulted a 12-year-old.
The victim was dragged to the meeting in Rajpur and the horrific retaliation was carried out in front of her parents and the 40 men on the council.
A Pakistani villager poses as he points to a house where a teenage girl was raped in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, a suburb of the central city of Multan on July 26, 2017
The man allegedly raped the young girl, after which her family turned to the local village council to resolve the matter.
‘Their women started shouting and their men asked us to first bring Umar’s sister (the 16-year-old) then they will talk about it,’ he said.
‘But when we came back with the girl, the men and the council decided that the same act would be done to the girl.
What could we do, in our village disputes are settled like this.’
Both the girls are now staying in a women’s shelter and were due to meet the provincial chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, brother of the prime minister, later today.
This photograph taken on July 26, 2017, shows a view of a room where a Pakistani teenage girl was raped in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad
An order has been passed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to investigate into the incident.
Jirgas, a kind of council formed of local elders, often settle disputes in rural Pakistan. However, they are illegal and have been condemned for a series of controversial rulings – including ordering so-called “honour killings” and past incidents of “revenge rape”.
‘What we did was wrong, but this is the way things are done here. We seek pardon and we promise not to do it again,’ said Mohammad Amin, 45, a member of the jirga who is now in police custody.
An aerial shot of a festival in Multan, where the council convened to dish out the sickening punishment to an innocent girl
A village council was involved in one of South Asia’s most infamous cases of sexual violence against women when, in 2002, it ordered the gang rape of a woman called Mukhtar Mai after her brother was falsely accused of rape.
Mai took her culprits to the court. Her attackers walked free but she went on to become a high-profile women’s rights activist.
Her story inspired an opera, ‘Thumbprint’, which opened in New York in 2014 and premiered in Los Angeles last month.