Arrests made in Pakistan after village council ordered 'revenge rape'

Arrests made in Pakistan after village council ordered 'revenge rape'

The incident took place in the city of Multan in the Punjab Province (Credit: Google Maps)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Police in Pakistan have arrested roughly 20 people after a local village council ordered the 'revenge rape' of a girl in response to an alleged sexual offence committed by her brother. 

The 16-year-old was reportedly targeted after the village council in the Punjab city of Multan - called a jirga - was approached by a man who claimed the girl's brother had raped their 12-year-old cousin. 

The council is alleged to have ordered the man bringing the complaint - who is thought to be the 12-year-old's brother - to rape the 16-year-old in revenge.

The police say this did happen, and local media reports say medical examinations of the two girls confirm they were sexually assaulted.

A police officer in the area, Ahsan Younas, told BBC Urdu police had registered a complaint involving 25 other individuals, and the suspect for the reported rape of the 12-year-old is believed to remain at large.

Jirgas are formed of elders and aim to solve disputes in local villages, but they are deemed illegal under national law.