But in a small village in rural Pakistan, earlier this month, a trade was made in the name of justice, with a much more violent outcome. According to police statements and news reports, the rape of a 12-year-old girl resulted in a tragic second rape of a 16-year-old girl in order for the victimized family to settle the score, according to reports. The crime is allegedly an “honor rape.”
The girl’s older brother, Mohammad Ashfaq, 20, then received permission from the village council to seek retribution against Wadda by raping Wadda’s little sister, a 16-year-old girl.
Now, police and both families are outraged over the incident.
This council, however, was unusual.
"It was not a formal village council, like has happened in the past," Malik Rashid, a local police official investigating the case, told Al Jazeera. "It was just a gathering of uncles and aunts [of the first victim] from that village, in the same area."
Mohammad Bilal, a cousin of the 16-year-old victim, told the Associated Press that members of the Wadda family were present during the jirga meeting and had requested the council turn to legal action through the police.
"On the night of July 18, 2017 at about 2 a.m. I was sleeping with my children in my house when [...] my 16-year-old daughter was taken away [by three men]," the second victim's mother said in a police report, according to Al Jazeera.
This photograph taken on July 26, 2017, shows a view of a room where a Pakistani teenage girl was raped in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, a suburb of the central city of Multan. Fourteen members of a Pakistani village council have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl as punishment for a rape committed by her brother, police said. /By Meghan Werft