Pakistan arrests head of village council over girl's rape

2017-07-27 17:04
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Multan - A police spokesperson says officers have arrested the head of a village council for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl in central Pakistan.

Shabina Kareem says police made the arrest on Thursday in a village near the city of Multan.

She says police have arrested 24 men who attended a July 18 meeting in which Saeed Patwari allegedly gave Mohammad Ashfaq permission to rape a 17-year-old girl to avenge the rape of his sister by another man, Omar Wadda.

Kareem says police are searching for Ashfaq but Wadda has been captured and charged with raping Ashfaq's sister.

Such "honour" crimes are common in parts of Pakistan.

A village council in 2002 ordered the so-called "honor" gang rape of Mukhtar Mai, a young woman who took her rapists to court.

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