April 11, 2008
DNA (Daily News and Analysis) India
Islamabad - Around a dozen men gang raped two women in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab to avenge a love marriage, the police said Friday.
'The men abducted the women, one of them pregnant, and raped them in a nearby jungle for two days last month in the Rohallanwali area of Muzaffargarh district,' Mohammed Rafi, a police investigator, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview.
The gang was allegedly led by a man identified only as Latif, whose daughter had eloped with the nephew of the two rape victim.
'It seems the accused wanted to take revenge for the loss of their honor,' Rafi said.
The police have filed a case against the accused and are waiting for results of medical reports to determine whether the rape took place.
Romantic relations between unmarried couples are generally viewed as an offense in Pakistan, often resulting in humiliation or physical retribution by parents and relatives.
Muzaffargarh is the same district where Mukhtaran Mai suffered a gang rape of the similar nature in 2002. She was punished for a love affair between her brother and the rapists' female relative.
After the incident she took her case to court where the culprits were charged and sentenced. She won the 2006 North-South Prize from the Council of Europe in acknowledgment for her courage.
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