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Pakistan tribal court orders honour gang rape of woman

Pakistan on 04 February 2014
Location : Islamabad | Source : enca. Image Source: enca

Police in Pakistan have arrested six men after a woman was gang raped on the orders of a village council to settle a honour dispute, officials said.

Police were searching for another four accused in the south of Punjab province after the incident was reported to police on Thursday.

The tribal court ordered the rape of the 45-year-old widow to punish her brother for illicit relations with a woman from the same village, police official Asadullah Khan told dpa.

Khan said the victim was in a state of distress when she reported the January 24 incident to police on Thursday.

"At least three men raped the woman repeatedly," said Khan, who was investigating the incident.

Tribal court rulings are common in many parts of Pakistan where there is little trust in conventional courts.

Pakistani woman Mukhtaran Mai gained international recognition for challenging taboos and fighting back after her gang rape on the order of a tribal court some 15 years ago.

Following the successful prosecution of the men who ordered and carried out the assault, she now runs a rehabilitation for rape victims in same region of southern Punjab.

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