Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Child Victim Lashed as "Punishment" for Being Rape

"Rapist spared, victim lashed"
Sheikh Md Shahidul Islam, B'baria
 
"Eight months after being raped, a 16-year-old at Khargor of Kasba upazila in Brahmanbaria had to receive 101 lashes as 'punishment'.

A village arbitration found her guilty and issued the 101 lashes fatwa (religious edict) but amazingly left alleged rapist ... untouched.

The arbitration also fined the victim's father Tk 1,000 and issued another fatwa that her family would be forced into isolation if he failed to pay up.
 
Village matbar (local leader) Delwar Hossain alias Ullashi executed the durra (lashes) on January 17...
 
The girl's family had married her off to a man of neighbouring Ghatiara village but after a month into the marriage medical test discovered she was seven months pregnant.
 
She was divorced and she had to live at her father's place after an abortion. Following her return, a group of so-called matbars led by Manik Mia declared that her family is to be isolated until punished...
 
On January 17, the influential group arranged the arbitration at the yard of the victim.

At one stage of the inhuman torture, the girl collapsed and fainted. She regained her sense after two hours...

Wahid Mia said they executed the 101 lashes on the girl following the religious edict and they did not call [the alleged rapist] during the arbitration as he belongs to another village.

A team of human rights activists led by advocate Mili Chowdhury visited the spot.

Their organisation will help the victim file separate cases against the culprits, Mili said."

Read the complete article: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=123248

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