Police in Pakistan have arrested eight men on suspicion of marching a naked teenager through her village in revenge for her brother allegedly damaging their family "honour". According to officers in Dera Ismail Khan, in the northwestern Khyber Paktunkhwa province, the men assaulted and humiliated the year-old in retaliation for her brother having a romantic relationship with a girl from their family outside marriage three years earlier. The incident is believed to have occurred during the morning of 27 October when the girl was fetching water. She was set upon by the men, stripped naked and dragged along the ground before being made to walk around the village for an hour, police said. The case is one of a growing number to emerge in Pakistan where people use the female members of a family to inflict retribution on men. In July, an all-male village council near Multan in the neighbouring Punjab province sentenced a year-old girl to be raped after her brother allegedly carried out a sexual assault against another woman. She praised the police for taking action and arresting the men but warned that the girl will still face a lifetime of stigma. But Pakistan Today reported that the authorities were initially reluctant to investigate the case and only arrested the men after the girl made several trips to the police station. Following the death of social media star Qandeel Baloch in July last year, Pakistan has been gripped by a debate on the treatment of women in the country. But her father, Muhammad Azeem, has since claimed she was killed by her cousin on the orders of cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi after she humiliated him by posting online pictures of her flirting with him.
The dishonourable killing of Qandeel Baloch
She said the investigating officer hurled abuse and kept her mother from being involved in the original statement, threatening that cases would be registered against her brother and other relatives if the teen pursued the matter. Politicians and activists have protested the handling of the incident, which occurred the morning of October 27 when she was fetching water in Dera Ismail Khan, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The prime suspect is still being sought. Domestic abuse, economic discrimination and acid attacks make Pakistan the world's third-most-dangerous country for women, a Thomson Reuters Foundation expert poll showed. Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan every year at the hands of relatives over perceived damage to family "honor" that can involve eloping, fraternizing with men or any other infraction against conservative values. Some are punished for the activities of male relatives. Others have been injured in acid attacks. Open main navigation Live TV. Full Schedule.
By Rob Crilly , Islamabad. Witnesses in the town of Gambat, in the south-east of the country, said the pair were frogmarched more than half a mile through the streets as a crowd gathered to watch. When they complained and tried to help the couple, police allowed the woman into their vehicle, while the man was forced to continue walking in front of the car.
Pakistani police have arrested eight men for marching a year-old girl naked through a village in revenge for her brother allegedly tarnishing their family honour. On the morning on 27 October, as the girl was fetching water, a group of men accosted her, stripped her and dragged her along the ground before making her walk around naked for an hour, the police report stated. Village councils, called panchayat or jirga , are illegal but widespread in rural areas where the justice system is out of reach or perceived to be untrustworthy. Three months ago, a man council near Multan in Punjab province ordered a year-old girl to be raped as punishment for a sexual assault allegedly committed by her brother. She will end up living a life of stigma for the rest of her life. The recent incident occurred amid heated public debate in Pakistan about harassment of women. Last week, the Oscar-winning film director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy tweeted that a doctor who provided intimate emergency care to her sister had tracked the sister down on Facebook after the hospital visit. Her tweets drew support but also harassment from men taunting her for socialising with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the past, while calling out a doctor for what they perceived to be a minor offence. While different in gravity, urban elites harassed in hospitals and poor girls abused in villages are part of the same problem, said Nida Kirmani, a sociologist at Lahore University of Management Sciences LUMS.