Grace Carr, DCNF
Village elders in Pakistan ordered a 17-year-old girl to be raped as retribution after her brother was accused of raping another 12-year-old girl, media reported Thursday.
The 12-year-old told her mother she was raped while cutting the grass, and her mother then reported the crime to the village elders, reports CNN. The elders determined that a fitting punishment would be to rape the eldest sister of the male perpetrator of the crime.
“Her mothers and sisters all protested this but the elders brought out their guns and threatened to kill them,” the police report said.
It’s not unusual to punish family members with rape in Pakistan. In 2002, a tribal court ordered a woman to be gang raped after her brother was accused of having sex with a woman from another tribe.
Police arrested 20 people in the southern town of Muzaffarabad after two alleged assaults. Muzaffarabad Station House officer Rashid Faheem said investigations are ongoing, and he added that he expects more raids.
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