Gang-rape of a girl, based on court order in Pakistan

Gang-rape of a girl, based on court order in Pakistan

Islamabad : Pakistan | Dec 04, 2010 at 1:21 PM PST
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Pakistani police commandos seal off the district courts in Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan - 04 Dec 2010A

Pakistani tribal council recently ordered the gang rape of an 18-year-old girl as a punishment to her family after her younger brother was seen walking with a girl from a higher class. The rape occurred June 22 in the southern Punjab province.

According to theAssociated Press, A tribal court, tribal affiliated "Mastoi", ordered to gang rape of an 18 years old girl in public. The sentence was executed While were watching it about a thousand people and girl’s father too.

Based on this report, the girl's brother, 11 year old teenage and from Gujar tribal, had relationship with a girl from Mastoi that she was higher in terms of social. People of the city had seen them when they were walking in the street.

Tribal courts of Mastoi, ordered to a gang rape of the boy’s sister in public, for revenge of this act.

The four men selected by court for doing rape, while the girl and her father are giving up claim with cries but they raped the girl in front of her father.

The private Human Rights Commission of Pakistan demanded that all those involved in the rape, which took place June 22 in the village of Meerwala in southern Punjab province, be punished.

Police said the victim's father had filed criminal charges against the four men involved in the case. Police said they picked up eight relatives of the suspects to pressure the perpetrators into surrendering.

"We will spare no efforts to do justice" for the victim, police official Malik Saeed said

According to CBS News, "The violence against women is not a new phenomenon, but incidents of gang-rape have suddenly increased in Pakistan," said Naeem Mirza, a spokesman for Pakistan's Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organization.

"Mostly, those who commit gang-rapes or kill women in the name of honor are influential tribesmen or feudal, therefore, they escape punishment," Mirza said. "Women are often punished for the crimes committed by male members of their families."

The gang-rape has outraged rights groups, who say the increase in violence against women reflects the demeaning status of women in the country who are victims of a centuries-old tribal justice system.

"Usually, families of the victim of rape don't report these matters to the police to avoid further shame and disgrace," Mirza said

Pakistan has a tradition of tribal justice in which crimes or affronts to dignity are punished outside the framework of Pakistani law. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has demanded an end to punishments by tribal councils.

Kamla Hayyat, of the commission, said the group will send a fact-finding mission to the victim's village to determine what happened and provide help to her.

"The increasing incidents of terrible atrocities against women are a terrible reflection on the state of society and the status of women within it," commission chairman Afrasiab Khattak said in a statement

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Alireza Shabankareh Bandari is based in Austin, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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