Search on for Panchayat members ordering ‘revenge rape’

 
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Multan July 26 (TNS): A search operation is underway to arrest the members of a panchayat who fled after ordering a man to rape a 17-year-old girl, police said on Wednesday.

According to SHO Malik Rashid, the search operation began after two cases were registered against the members of the council at a police station inside the Violence Against Women center in Multan.

The council, comprising at least 40 men, was convened in Muzaffarabad’s Rajpur area after a 12-year-old girl was raped by a man while cutting grass in a field on July 16, reads the First Information Report (FIR) filed at the police station.

On July 18, the panchayat ordered the girl’s brother to rape 17-year-old girl, the sister of the accused. According to the police, the sister of the accused was dragged to the area where the panchayat was convened and was raped before the men and her parents.

After the FIR was registered, the police started investigations and arrested 10 of the council’s members, including the head of the panchayat who gave the order. Search operations for the remaining men are underway.