20 people arrested over 'revenge rape' of teenage girl in Pakistan

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Twenty people have been arrested over the alleged “revenge rape” of a teenage girl in Pakistan.

The attack on the 16-year-old was reportedly committed in revenge for a rape allegedly carried out by her brother on a 12-year-old girl, Pakistani police said.

Officers in Multan, in the Punjab province of the country, said the families of the two victims had held a meeting to decide what should be done.

The older girl was allegedly raped after her brother was suspected of attacking the youngest victim, police official Allah Baksh said.

Mr Baksh told AFP news agency: “A jirga [village council] had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old.”

The girl was forced to appear before the group and raped in front of them and her parents, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported.

However, both victims’ mothers later filed complaints at the local police station.

Medical examinations confirmed both girls had been raped, the BBC reported

Police officer Ashan Younas told BBC Urdu that police had received a complaint against 25 people.

He added that the suspect accused of raping the 12-year-old was still at large.

Despite some reports claiming the group that ordered the rape was a BBC sources said it was actually formed by members of the two families.

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