JULY 27, 2017 25 Arrested After Rape of Girl, 12, Led to ‘Revenge Rape’ by Her Brother

A sister for a sister.
Often, this trade is carried out in cases of child marriage in parts of the world where one girl is traded for a girl from another family.

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.”

According to the Associated Press, a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Omar Wadda, 15, on July 16.

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.

The 12-year-old girl’s mother told local police that her daughter was attacked and raped in the afternoon while cutting grass in the family fields near Raja Pur.

“She was covered in a cloth [by her attackers] and forcibly raped," her mother told police, Al Jazeera reports.

Two days later, a jirga, a gathering of local leaders who make decision based on traditional Pashtun allegedly met after Mohammad Ashfaq complained to community leaders of his sister’s attack.

Such councils are illegal but still convene and carry out community decisions in rural Pakistan, the New York Times reports.

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.

He said the council declined his family’s plea and sanctioned his cousin’s rape.

"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.

Some council members were present during the “honor rape” of the 16-year-old girl, the girl’s mother said in the police report, according to the New York Times.

But Punjab district police chief Shehbaz Sharif said that police were too slow to respond to the first reported rape. Several junior officers involved in the first investigation have been suspended, the Guardian reports.

Ashfaq has not been arrested and is still at large, police said.

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

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brigitte-perreault
brigitte-perreault

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The fact that "Council Members" not only approved the rape - as revenge too - but were present during the rape is utterly outrageous and barbaric. They all deserve to be arrested and prosecuted!

Kat26
Kat26

This is one of the most horrific and terrible things I have ever read....

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