Pakistan, Multan, 20 people have been arrested for ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl in revenge for the rape that her brother had committed.
According to police, families of both girls are related.
Members of both families together decided that what should be done.
Police officer Allah Baksh told AFP, “A jirga [village council] had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old”.
He told AFP, the council was approached earlier this month by a man who complained that his sister had been raped by his cousin.
(the home where 16-year-old girl raped in ordered of “revenge rape”)
The village council then ordered this man to rape the sister of accused in revenge that according to police he did.
The girl took before the village council and raped in front of them and her parents, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported,
The mothers of both girls later went to the police station for complaining this incident.
A medical test of both girls has confirmed their rape.
Another police official Ahsan Younis told BBC Urdu, the first victim girl to be raped was aged 12 to 14 but the 2nd victim of revenge rape was about 16 to 17 years old.
He told, the complaint has been registered against 25 people but the suspect who raped the 12-year-old girl is still at large.
According to some reports, the group of people who ordered the rape was a village council or Jirga. BBC reports said it was the group of both families’ members.
The jirga is a kind of council that consists of elders of the village, and it’s often formed in rural Pakistan. But this is illegal and has been condemned for a series of controversial rulings, including ordering so-called “honour killings” and past incidents of “revenge rape”.
In 2002, a village council ordered 28-year-old woman Mukhtar Mai to be raped by a group of people accused of an affair of her 12 years old brother with an older woman.
Ms. Mai took her case to the court where her rapists had been charged by Pakistan’s Supreme court. Here she offered many ways out of the country but she chose to still live in her village. She started a school and women’s right yards away from where she was raped.
Now she is a prominent women’s rights activist of Pakistan. Her story inspired an opera, “Thumbprint” which opened in New York in 2014.