Village elders in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 17-year-old girl after her brother was accused of raping another girl.
Twenty people have been arrested by police following the two assaults, which took place last week in the town of Muzaffarabad, close to Multan in south Pakistan, police said Thursday.
The mother of the first victim, who is aged 12, told police her daughter was cutting grass in a field when she was raped by a man.
The 12-year-old reported the rape to her mother, who then complained to village elders.
After deliberating, the elders declared one of the sisters of the first attacker would be raped in retaliation for the crime, according to the police report.
“(The second victim)’s two elder sisters were initially called, but the elders decided that (17-year-old) Victim B would be the one to take the punishment,” the police report said.
“Her mothers and sisters all protested this but the elders brought out their guns and threatened to kill them.”
Muzaffarabad Station House officer Rashid Faheem told CNN investigations were still underway, with more raids expected.
CITI DIARY is not naming any of the people charged to avoid potentially identifying sexual assault victims.
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