Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A 16-year-old girl who was raped in southern Pakistan has told a court that six men held in connection with the attack were among her abductors

BBC News:

The girl said two of the six had raped her, while five others still at large helped abduct and sexually assault her.

Medical tests have confirmed she was raped. The girl's family say the rape was in revenge for her cousin eloping with a female relative of the accused.

Such attacks are not uncommon in rural Pakistan in tribal vendettas.

The rape took place on the morning of 27 January in the village of Habib Labano near Ubaro in Sindh province, about 530km (330 miles) from Karachi.

The girl told the court in Ubaro on Wednesday that she had been abducted from her house by 11 people had taken to the male quarters of another house in her village.

She named the two men she said had raped her and said the others had "fumbled with her body and made fun of her".

The court also learnt that the 16-year-old was two months pregnant.

She told reporters that one of the two rapists was the father after an earlier rape she had been too frightened to talk about.

The girl was rescued by women neighbours who heard her shouts for help.

Seeing the women, the men left the girl naked, the court heard. The women covered her and took her home.

The teenager suffered serious injuries in the attack and was taken to hospital in Sukkur.

Police initially expressed scepticism over the sexual assault - until a medical examination confirmed she had been raped.

Last week, hundreds of protesters blocked the national highway that links Karachi's port to the north of the country for more than two hours in protest at the incident.

They accused police of not taking action against all the accused because they have the support of local influential people.

Women are often used as a means of settling tribal vendettas and honour that is perceived to have been slighted in rural Pakistan.

In 2002, a village council in Punjab province ordered the rape of a woman by men from another clan because of her brother's alleged affair with a woman from their family.

The case ignited international interest after the woman, Mukhtar Mai, chose to fight her case publicly.

Her fight helped rights groups and legislators galvanise support for changes in the country's laws which were recently amended.

Until then, rape victims risked prosecution under Pakistan's Islamic laws if they filed a complaint.

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