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Teenager raped, paraded naked in Pakistan

A group of men has been accused of raping a girl because one of her relatives eloped with a young women from the men's family.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 14:05 IST

A group of Pakistani men has been accused of raping a teenaged girl and forcing her to parade naked through her village because one of her relatives eloped with a young women from the men's family, police said on Wednesday.

Such attacks, known as honour crimes because they are committed in response to a perceived slight on a family's honour, are common in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, especially in backward, rural communities.

Police said the girl's father had filed a complaint on Saturday in Ubaro town, 530 km from the city of Karachi, saying a group of 11 men had kidnapped his daughter, raped her and forced her to parade naked.

The father told police the men were furious because the girl's cousin had eloped with and married a young woman from their family.

"Some villagers have said the girl was raped and her clothes torn off," investigating police officer Aftab Farooqi told the agency.

"They also claim she was forced to walk half naked in the village streets before some older woman covered her with a blanket," he said.

The girl is in hospital in Ubaro, police said.

Another senior police official, Mushtaq Khoso, said police had arrested four of the 11 men named in the complaint and police were awaiting a medical report to confirm the 16-year-old had been raped.

Another police officer said certain influential people were pressing the girl's father to drop his complaint.

The case brings to mind a similar attack on a village woman in 2002.

The woman, Mukhtaran Mai, was gangraped on the orders of a traditional village council in Punjab province as punishment because her brother had had a relationship with a young woman without the approval of her family.

Mai pressed charges against her attackers and rose to international prominence as a women's rights campaigner.

First Published: Jan 31, 2007 14:04 IST

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