Pakistan: Village court orders rape victim to be killed or sold as slave because of adultery charges

MULTAN: Four men were booked in Rajanpur on Saturday for their involvement in a Panchayat (unofficial village court) declaring a teenage girl, who was allegedly raped by a relative, a ‘Kari’.

The 19-year-old girl was ordered to be either killed or sold off on charges of adultery levelled against her, the area’s police said.

Fazilpur police SHO Husnain Shah told The Express Tribune that the girl approached the police following the order.

In her statement, the girl claimed that she and her family were asleep at their home on Friday night when Khaleel Ahmed sneaked inside and raped her at gunpoint.

She added that as he was armed, she could not call out for help.

The next day when the family learnt of the incident, they approached the Panchayat.

Four men, including Muhammad Shafee, the father of the alleged rapist, forced the Panchayat to pronounce Shumaila a Kari on Thursday. The girl’s father was forced to accept the decision.

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