Islamabad: A Pakistani woman was allegedly gangraped by four men on the orders of a Punchayat (village council) in Muzaffargarh district in revenge for ‘dishonouring’ their family.
Bachal Mai, 47, of Lundi Pitafi village, near Jatoi, was allegedly brutalised because her husband's younger brother Bilal had reportedly developed illicit relations with a girl.
Police said Bilal and his brother, also Bachal Mai's husband, were earlier taken into custody for sexually assaulting the girl on the complaint of her father Noor Mohammed.
Bachal Mai along with her cousins Munir Hussain and Sabir Hussain said heads of Panchayat – Ghulam Mustafa, Hafiz Ataullah Kehaland and Abdul Khaliq – called them for negotiation with aggrieved party on January 28.
Upon this call, Bachal Mai, her mother in-law Anwar Mai and male members of their family reached at the residence of Noor Muhammad, father of the girl with whom Bilal was reportedly in a relationship.
The Panchayat leaders asked them to go into Noor’s house but they did not let the men go with them. As the women entered the house, seven men attacked them.
Four of the attackers, Noor Mohammed Jam, Mohammed Hussain, Riaz Ahmed and Fayyaz, overpowered Bachal Mai and took her to a room where they allegedly raped her.
Bachal Mai claimed the attackers also bit on her breasts. When their relatives listened to the hue and cry, they forced their entry to the home, broke the door of the room to get her freed from the clutches of the assaulters, Bachal Mai said. During this ordeal, the heads of Panchayat disappeared from the scene....