- Title: 25 arrested after Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girl
- Date: 27th July 2017
- Summary: MULTAN, PAKISTAN (JULY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF CLUSTER OF HOUSES ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MULTAN WHERE THE "REVENGE RAPE" TOOK PLACE (MUTE) FENCE OF RUSHES AROUND THE HOUSE OF 16-YEAR-OLD AZRA WHO WAS RAPED ON ORDERS OF VILLAGE COUNCIL GRASS CUTTING MACHINE DOORWAYS OF BUILDING FURNITURE INSIDE ROOM FAN / CLOTHES AND BEDDING PILED ON ROPE BED AZRA SITTING WITH HER MOTHER, KANIZ MAI CLOSE OF AZRA'S HANDS VILLAGERS STANDING OUTSIDE HOUSE EXTERIOR OF POLICE LOCKUP ARRESTED MEMBERS OF VILLAGE COUNCIL INSIDE CELL MULTAN, PAKISTAN (JULY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THE CHIEF MINISTER OF PUNJAB, SHABAZ SHARIF, CHAIRING A MEETING WITH SECURITY PERSONNEL (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CHIEF MINISTER OF PUNJAB, SHABAZ SHARIF, SAYING: "I have suspended the ASP (Assistant Superintendent of Police), DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police), SHO (Station House Officer) and ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector). I have suspended all of them so that justice is seen to be delivered. God willing, justice will be carried out. That is my promise to you." SHARIF AND MEDIA LEAVING
- Embargoed: 10th August 2017 17:38
- Keywords: Pakistan revenge rape 25 arrested village council revenge
- Location: MULTAN, PAKISTAN
- City: MULTAN, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RHU4P3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl.
Earlier this month, a local council in the southern city of Multan was called after a family accused a 16-year-old boy of raping a 13-year-old neighbour.
The council ruled that the sister of the boy should be handed over to the victim's brother to be raped. The punishment was carried out on July 17 after her family handed the girl over.
Multan City Police Officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters by telephone on Thursday (July 27) that 25 people had been arrested from a total of 29 believed to have been involved.
The case came to light when both families filed criminal charges with police accusing the other family's son of rape.
The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council's order.
Pakistan has a centuries-old tradition of quick justice handed down by gatherings of local elders, known as jirgas or panchayats, seen by many villagers as preferable to the often-cumbersome and corrupt formal legal system.
In most of the country, jirgas are tolerated but not recognised by the formal courts and police.
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