Police in Pakistan’s Punjab province arrested 26 men for allegedly involved in an incident of raping a teenager. Police said the local village council issued an order of raping a 17-year-old girl as a punishment for an incident of sexual assault committed by her brother.
The incident took place in Muzaffarabad village, situated near the city of Multan, where according to the police, the brother of initial victim ordered to rape the teenage girl, who was the sister of initial accused. While speaking on the issue, local police officer Malik Rashid said that the government will act as a plaintiff in the case and will not free the accused in exchange of compensation, a provision suggested by country’s Islamic law.
The officer said that they only came to know about the incident after the mother of the victim complained about this to the police. In her report, the victim’s mother wrote that members of the village council ordered to rape her daughter in their presence. Police said that medical examination confirmed that sexual assaults were commenced in both cases.
Following the nation-wide outrage over the incident, Saqib Nisar, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court ordered police inquiry. Soon after learning about the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif issued suspension order for a number of police officers for making delay in the arrest of accused in the case.
While speaking on the issue, the Punjab CM termed it as a worse example of negligence by police and said that he will not take a breath of relief until those accused in the case are punished.
Administration or authorities in Pakistan’s rural areas allow such kind of village councils to settle disputes through their own set of rules.