Saturday, July 09, 2005

Gang Rape Revenge

Pakistan, July 2005

Seven men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and gang-raping a married woman in eastern Pakistan in retaliation for her cousin's affair with a daughter of one of the suspects, a police official said.

This case is very similar of the gang rape of 33-year old Mukhtar Mai, who last week won a court appeal overturning the acquittals of 13 of her attackers after drawing international attention to her plight. Both cases involve a woman targeted for punishment for the actions of a male relative.

The latest attack occurred last week in the town of Chaniot when one of the suspects was angered over a relationship between his 17-year-old daughter and the victim's 24-year-old cousin. He and his accomplices kidnapped the 30-year-old victim and gang-raped her, area police official Mahar Mumtaz said yesterday.

The seven suspect were arrested on Wednesday after police received a complaint from her family, he said.

Source: Associated Press

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