- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Pakistani village’s “eye for an eye” mentality prompted 25 arrests after local leaders applied the same standard to a rape case.

Multan City Police say the recent rape of a 12-year-old girl by a 16-year-old boy brought Rajapur elders together in a traditional gathering known as jirgas or panchayats. Their idea of justice was meted out July 17 when the suspect’s teenage sister was handed over to the first victim’s brother for “revenge rape.”

“A total of 29 people were involved in this ghastly crime, and we have 25 of them in our custody,” officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters by telephone Thursday. “All the village council elders who ordered the revenge rape have been arrested.”

“[The second victim]’s two elder sisters were initially called, but the elders decided that [she] would be the one to take the punishment,” a police report reads, CNN reported Thursday. “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 the network that investigations are ongoing.

This is not the first time “revenge rape” was ordered by local elders in Pakistan. Reuters noted a high-profile case in 2002 in which a gang rape was ordered against a woman named Mukhtaran Mai due to the actions of a male relative.

Six of her attackers were sentenced to death, although five were ultimately freed on appeal, Reuters reported.

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