Jirga ‘justice’: Widow gang raped on orders of Muzaffargarh panchayat

Published: January 30, 2014
Three of the accused were arrested and detained at the Dera Din Panah police station, including the head of the Panchayat, while two remain at large. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Three of the accused were arrested and detained at the Dera Din Panah police station, including the head of the Panchayat, while two remain at large. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

LAHORE: A 40-year old widow was raped by men of her village by the order of a panchayat in Mauza Rakh Tibba Sharqi, in Muzaffargarh district, The Express Tribune has learnt.

After receiving information about the incident, the police have arrested three suspects, including the leader of the panchayat and two of the alleged rapists, Investigation Officer (IO) Assadullah Khan informed The Express Tribune. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident, Express News correspondent Naeem Qaiser reported.

Assadullah also said that an FIR was filed on the complaint of the victim against five of the accused persons. However, while the FIR was filed under charges of ‘attempted rape’, the victim alleges that she was already raped, and only filed the said FIR under pressure from the police.

Sources familiar with the incident said that the rape was ordered to avenge illicit relations between a woman from the family of the rapists and the brother of the rape victim.

The 40-member panchayat had decided that the widow should be punished for her brother’s illicit relations with the daughter of the alleged rapist. The father and his two sons carried out the ‘punishment.’

The rape took place on January 24 when five men locked the widow inside a room while the panchayat — who had declared that ‘dishonour should be avenged by dishonour’ — waited outside, reported Express News

The accused later threatened the widow that they would kill her if she raised her voice against them.

IO Assadullah Khan said that all efforts were being made to arrest the remaining accused as soon as possible.

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  • Aysha M
    Jan 30, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Inna lil lahay wa ina ahlai hay wa ra jay oon


  • Salman Hasan
    Jan 30, 2014 - 2:48PM

    I think the entire South Asian Sub-continent just needs to be nuked. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. World’s most disgusting people by far.


  • Cheema
    Jan 30, 2014 - 3:26PM

    Muzarfargarh and its adjacent Seraiki regions are one of the most ignorant regions of Pakistan In this Seraiki Belt region Tribal System is rife and all the regions are divided into Baloch and non Baloch tribal zones with their own courts and this is not the first case of such kind here.Recommend

  • Areeba
    Jan 30, 2014 - 3:37PM

    This is disgusting!


  • KJ
    Jan 30, 2014 - 3:58PM

    @Salman Hasan:
    Such crimes are though heinous yet frustration to the extent of maligning the nations is ridiculous. Those so-called torch bearers (i.e., The West) of human rights do have their own share of nauseating sexual & 3rd degree moral crimes.


  • Raj
    Jan 30, 2014 - 3:59PM

    @ Aysha M

    I am afraid as an India, I have to agree with you on this one. We are indeed disgusting people.


  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2014 - 4:14PM

    Animals! They should be hanged in public BUT in the state of the pure, terrorists and the corrupt roam free.


  • Wajeeh
    Jan 30, 2014 - 4:26PM

    Horrible Recommend

  • Whats with the name?
    Jan 30, 2014 - 4:33PM

    What values are we transferring to our generations?
    Our stack of shameless acts is expanding exponentially!
    What a shame!


  • ASM
    Jan 30, 2014 - 4:41PM

    And we pray for peace from Allah (swt)


  • Shoaib
    Jan 30, 2014 - 5:20PM

    It is really interesting that at one place we call our self MUSLIM and implement blasphemy corollary to any antagonist, though we our self are taint and involved in venomous acts contradictory to our religion. I suggest that both the PANCHAYAT leader and rapist should be cremated publicly so as to avoid future occurrence. May ALLAH (SWT) give us sanity to decide between RIGHT and WRONG.


  • Anonymous
    Jan 30, 2014 - 5:39PM

    This is disgusting. When will people spare the women from all these punishments? When people will start behaving like human beings? The Panchayat leader along with the rapists should be sentenced to death. Until and unless we have stricter laws for such crimes, they will never stop.


  • azi
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:04PM

    @Salman Hasan:

    Pls don’t always talk of sealing fate of millions just because there are some low lives in every south Asian country. People are sexually frusytated ,held back because of religion suddenly burst into rape sprees are the culprit. Not the child going to the store to buy candy that has to see a mushroom cloud.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:17PM

    we need Shriah courts guys or not?????


  • Jay
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:19PM

    Couple of weeks backs Pakistanis were so happy when a similar incident happened in India. Now what say fellas?


  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:30PM

    @Salman Hasan:
    I think the entire South Asian Sub-continent just needs to be nuked. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. World’s most disgusting people by far.

    Hasan ji, I can feel the anger and frustration in your post. Any society that cannot respect its fairer sex is bound to go down the gutters of history. We don’t deserve to be called humans.


  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:49PM

    The big problem with events such as gang rape, honour killings etc is that once the police become involved the case becomes Sub Judice, and then it is very difficult to determine what really happened until the trial is finished, if of course a trial ever takes place. Statistics indicate that 8 women per day are raped in Pakistan, and justice rarely prevails. Pakistan really needs to lift its game in regard to crime against females many of whom are under the age of 10. However, although there is no bright side in regard to rape the percentage of rape occurrences in Pakistan, and presuming the statistics are accurate, is approximately 0.0016%. This means that over well over 99% of Pakistani men are law abiding as far as rape is concerned. I would presume that Indian men would be similar law abiding citizens.


  • mohmand
    Jan 30, 2014 - 6:52PM

    @ Aysha M
    dear in the last this is not ‘wa ra jay oon ‘ only ra jay oon.


  • An Indian
    Jan 30, 2014 - 7:06PM

    “Couple of weeks backs Pakistanis were so happy when a similar incident happened in India. Now what say fellas?”

    Are you NOT ashamed? ???? (intentional additional ????s for you)

    I am. As an Indian and as a South Asian and just as a normal human.

    I am also ashamed of reading/knowing people like you, who make it a shouting match amongst ourselves, rather than the issue.

    ..Ashamed to the core
    ……of my society’s of this particular behavior and folks like you.
    .Just Ashamed


  • naila
    Jan 30, 2014 - 7:29PM

    The good governance of Khadim-e-ala is paying off!!!Recommend

  • Eddies
    Jan 30, 2014 - 7:34PM

    Barbarian ways in a semi literate country…and what will happen next?…will this woman be able to get a rape conviction of her attackers without the testimony of 4 male witnesses?…clearly justice for crimes like this does not exist in Pakistan…Recommend

  • Gurion
    Jan 30, 2014 - 7:54PM

    @Salman Hasan:
    Why don’t set an example and start with nuking Pakistan?Recommend

  • SBK-3901
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:13PM

    Rapes do happen everywhere. As long as male is stronger physically, he will take advantage if he loses his equilibrium.
    But the panchayat allowing woman to be gang raped as punishment of her ‘crimes’ is unheard of in India. Whatever the crime, raping a woman is heinous! Even animals don’t rape females of their species!Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:26PM

    Way to go Man. Waiting outside the door listening to a crime being committed and abetted. All men hanging outside the door are culpable and the same treatment given to them by Sheedis. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:27PM

    @Sexton Blake:
    Why just the Jirga. Even the learned Chief Justice of the Supreme court of Pakistan sent Rinkle to the muslim home for her continued rape. By the way, where are the girls like Rinkle, Asha and Latha now? Are they still married to the same muslim men for whom they converted and still in the same muslim homes now? No Pakistani muslim, man or woman, shia or sunni, will ever answer and even try to find an answer to these questions.

    Saxton Blake, if you count the number of young hindu and christian girls who are raped as taught and instructed by parents and elders in muslim homes of Pakistan, you will see that 90% of the muslim homes in Pakistan support rape. At least 200 young hindu girls are kidnaped from their homes, raped and converted every month from one province alone in Pakistan. This has been going on continually for the last 66 year and is only growing. If only it were possible or easy to convert shias, they would not be killed and spared but their girls raped. Sooner later it will come to this stage. Prove me wrong by citing even one politician or judge, be it imram Khan or Nawaz Sharif or even Benazir Bhutto of Chief Justice or any judge who has at any time spoken against it or done anything about it. Imran Khan is proud that he converted few hindus to Islam. God knows what his version of Islam is. Is it not the duty of a muslim to stand up against these vices as we see done to the hindu girls. Can you cite me one action from to probe past events and prevent it from happening again in the future or even one statement from him condemning it. I have not ready any. In India when such rapes happen, the government probes it and punishes the culprits. But in Pakistan everyone keeps quiet because it is against the teachings done at home.Recommend

  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:32PM

    @Jay: We all are two sides of the coinRecommend

  • Aamir
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:36PM

    Was it the same pnchyatt which gave exactly the same verdict against Mukhtar Mai?
    I guess we will see this happen again and again as our justice system is totally screwed!!Recommend

  • SBK-3901
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:40PM

    Rapes do happen everywhere. As long as male is stronger physically, he will take advantage if he loses his equilibrium.
    But the panchayat allowing woman to be gang raped as punishment of her ‘crimes’ is unheard of in India. Whatever the crime, raping a woman is heinous! Even animals don’t rape females of their species!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:47PM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    “we need Shriah courts guys or not?????”

    Don’t you not have an unique Pakistani muslim version of sharia court already where rape of hindu girls, even as young as 7 years, married or not is a religious duty to be praised and practiced by every muslim in most muslim homes in Pakistan? What did Chief Justice Ifthekar do? He sent Rinkle to an Islamic institution and later sent her to the muslim home where she could be raped more. He also prevented her from meeting her hindu family and friends. Where is Rinkle now. Don’t Pakistanis not know this. They all know where she could be found not and they all know also that she is no longer in the same muslim home that she was forced to move to and nor is she sill married to the same man for whom she converted. Whenever a muslim girl brings to her home her hindu girl classmate or friend, what do the muslims do. They immediately start to preach her islam and the whole family tries to convert her. They then do not allow the hindu girl to have any contacts with her hindu family after she is converted by rape or recitation. Is this Islam, to ruin her and her entire hindu family? Have you read even one post from any Pakistani reader ever condemning these acts? They all, including you, either justify or reason it or ignore it. Recommend

  • fus
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:48PM

    Raj – if this narative makes you happy then so be it. It is just your hatred towards PaKISTAN, otherwise we dont beat our chest tryng to prove best nation like your fellow countrymen, we have are issues and we are trying to fix them. It may take time but we dont try to defend it, unlike you. Every crime in Pakistan is not religion specific but happens accross the population. This news is an example. You can come up with any stats, nobody is stopping you, but unlike India such incidents occur in remote villages and unfortunately people belonging to most backward and poor areas. The Pakistan has law and order situation and we are facing it. Your generalization and senselss criticism just show you are a typical Indian.Recommend

  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:52PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Dear Raj,
    We are in complete agreement. There is no excuse for crime against women. Recommend

  • Imran
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:54PM

    News update! The woman has rejected that she was raped. Just saw on news channels. ET please update this story. Thank you.Recommend

  • jg
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:55PM

    @Salman Hasan:
    homoseuality is happeining in west,incest relations within family is on the rise in europe and USA,children have been recovered from house underground cells impsrisoned for 17 years in Ohio state USA.should the entire eaurope and USA be nuked since they immoral activities are on the rise.aren’t they worst than animals.Recommend

  • Imranbashir
    Jan 30, 2014 - 8:57PM

    When the rape is inevitable relax and enjoyRecommend

  • Hari Om
    Jan 30, 2014 - 9:21PM

    I hope that the raped Pakistani widow will not be further punished under Pakistan’s draconian law “The Offence of Zina (Enforcement Of Hudood) Ordinance, 1979” which stipulates stoning to death for the crime of Zina or translated into English, adultery.Recommend

  • Hina Mahmood
    Jan 30, 2014 - 9:23PM

    Whey every time after the crime the Law enforcers jump in to provide the security, Why every time there is tight security after every bomb blast, Why every time the chief justice take suo motto to keep himself in lime light, why not he made the Criminals a lesson be learnt for decades for any one who wished to plan any such thing. To Whom we must call from where we can get the real justice…..Recommend

  • Kashif Waseem
    Jan 30, 2014 - 9:31PM

    @Imran: Pray from Allah that you may never live a life like a Poor lives here, esp in Interior regions of Pakistan. Where all the time Elephant says that I am deer I am not elephant believe me I am deer….where when a poor is raped be the kins of Waderaz or Chauhdries, the next day the same poor will say that Wadera or Chauhdry sahab is too nice and took pitty on poors they never ever think to harm us…Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami
    Jan 30, 2014 - 9:55PM

    Indi-Paki Bhai BhaiRecommend

  • Bash.. UK
    Jan 30, 2014 - 10:33PM

    @Raj – USA:
    You are seemingly a uneducated tramp, You really have no brains boy, Indians like yourself are blind and fail to see what india is really like, Dalits are a good place to start, Hiendoos treat Hiendoos worse than Pakistan treats its ANIMALS… Recommend

  • ABKhan
    Jan 30, 2014 - 11:26PM

    Pakistan is trying to compete with India in every field Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 31, 2014 - 12:39AM

    @Raj u.s.a,
    Little while ago in U.P city of Muzafernafer with poor indian muslims and i think u knew of that most likelly after that u guys have no rights to say a word.


  • Laagebar
    Jan 31, 2014 - 3:39AM

    Please do not use the word “Jirga” for Panchayat. Jirga is totally different than Panchayat.


  • Jaan
    Jan 31, 2014 - 3:44AM

    @Hari Om:
    Oh really. Shame on you for gloating on such a terrible incident.


  • Jan 31, 2014 - 3:52AM

    Honestly, these people make me sick. It is horrible to see these perverts running their punchyats with a screwed up understanding of everything including religion. They need to be punished so harshly that it will become an example for the rest of Pakistan to not take law in their hands … unfortunately, from police to judiciary every one is corrupt and nepotism is everywhere, not sure how and when things will improve, however, a good start will be from GDP!


  • Vikram
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:17AM

    Sex for Sex. Blood money for murders.


  • Hanif Shah
    Jan 31, 2014 - 11:16AM

    For God sake, how can they call themselves Muslims when they are not even humans. Really feel ashamed, even after Mukhtaran Mai, these people do not stop. Don’t know when are we going to be literate.


  • Bash UK
    Jan 31, 2014 - 8:08PM


    So if your family member was raped, you’re advice to your mother /sister/wife would be enjoy, Wish you don’t have to wait long..


  • M
    Feb 1, 2014 - 5:38PM

    This is pretty typical of Express tribune, one week ago they reported about a similar incident in India and then just to show that it happens in Pakistan too, they reported this as well.

    They’ve done this before, once a little girl was raped in India, they reported that, then a few days latter they reported a similar incident in Pakistan, I in no way condone this, however I see a pattern in the way ET reports these incidents.

    I guess they gotta cater to their most frequent visitors.

    @ET mods: I dare you to post this, without editing anything.Recommend

  • Feb 1, 2014 - 10:43PM

    Hey,This is really sad to feel.Basically There is an attitude to be more raped in South Asia.So what we should protest Widow and like the Widow.I have also a different story to be raped in last Sunday.Recommend

  • Nobody
    Mar 17, 2014 - 10:56AM

    @Bash UK:
    When you make statements against the women in families of men to prove a point, you are displaying the same mentality as the above jirgas – that women should face the punishment for men. Sick. If you want it to stop, stop insulting other men by bringing their wife/daughter/mother/sister into it. Keep it to that specific person.


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