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Pakistan girl gang-raped to avenge brother's elopement

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 5:26pm IST | Agency: PTI

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A Pakistani girl was allegedly kidnapped, forcibly married twice before being gangraped and stripped naked to avenge her brother's elopement with a woman from the same village in Punjab province.

Sanaullah, 22, had allegedly eloped with the daughter of a man, who belongs to the Mallah caste, of the same village in Chiniot district after the families refused to marry them. The girl's family called a Panchayat which ruled that Sanaullah's sister would have to marry Zahid Ali, brother of the girl who had eloped, the Dawn daily reported today. 

After the decision of Panchayat, accomplices of Zahid kidnapped Sanaullah's sister from her house, held 'nikah' with her and divorced her after five days, the report said. 

Later, the victim was forcibly married to Zahid's cousin Noor Ahmad. 

Some days later, four members of Zahid's family gang-raped her and subjected her to torture. "They stripped her naked, tied her with a tree in the village and called her parents to get their daughter back in return for their girl. The family got her back a month after her alleged kidnapping," it said. 

The girl approached the Magistrate at Lalian tehsil who ordered her medical examination and registration of case.

Chiniot District Police Officer Munir Zia said a Panchayat had forced the victim to marry Zahid to avenge the act of her brother in February but neither she nor her family approached the police for registering a case. The girl submitted an application to the police yesterday and an FIR of kidnap and rape has been registered.

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