I usually focus on US stories, and this one is outside the scope of this website. I just want to state publicly on my own little corner of the web that I find it embarrassing and shameful that we have to not only share the world with people like this, but we also have to engage with them on the international stage as equals.
Amazingly, stories like this are not all that uncommon in that part of the world. Disgusting.
A teenage girl from Pakistan faces a sentence of death by stoning after she reported being brutally raped in her family home in Rajanpur, on Friday.
The 19-year-old claims her cousin, Khalil Ahmed, placed a gun to her head and demanded she not cry out as he viciously raped her. The victim reported the rape to the village panchayat, a tribal council of Islamic elders operating outside of the government. The council, which was comprised of local men, including the father of her attacker, deemed the girl a Kari, or an adulteress, and accused the victim of seducing her cousin.
Consequently, the young girl was sentenced to death by stoning or to be sold off, reports The Hindustan Times. The alleged rapist was let off the hook.
The girl’s father said he was forced into accepting the decision by the panchayat.
“Since the panchayat declared her liabale to be killed, he had to accept the decision as it was the tradition of his village,” said an police official.
The victim, on the other hand, did not accept the sentence, escaping to her uncle’s home where she reported the incident to the police.