Family ordered teen girl’s ‘revenge rape’

A Pakistani villager points to a house where a teenage girl was ‘revenge raped’. Picture: AFP/SS Mirza

POLICE in Pakistan have arrested 20 people for ordering the rape of a teenage girl in revenge for a rape allegedly committed by her brother.

The 16-year-old was raped in a dingy room as those who dictated the punishment looked on in the city of Multan, in Punjab, central Pakistan, on Tuesday.

The arrest turns the spotlight on Pakistan’s brutal tribal justice system.

Police said the families of the two rape victims are related, and members of both families had joined forces to decide what should be done.

“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,” police official Allah Baksh told AFP.

He said the village council was approached earlier this month by a man who said his 12-year-old sister had been raped by their cousin.

The council then ordered the complainant to rape the sister of the accused in…

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