In what has been seen as a disturbing trend emerging from South Asia of late, a 20-year-old woman was kidnapped, gang raped, killed, and hanged from a tree in Pakistan. The incident was reported from the district of Layyah in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
According to The Tribune Pakistan, the 20-year-old lady has been identified as Muzammil Bibi. She was reported missing by her relatives since June 19 — allegedly kidnapped by three men in a field. The next morning, her lifeless body was found hanging from a tree. According to Reuters, the parents of the woman had spent an entire night looking for her, but to no avail.
A senior police officer has claimed that he has never seen any such case in the 22 years he was in service with the police. The officer did take a pot shot at Pakistan’s giant neighbor India when he said:
“We have heard of such cases in India but never in Pakistan.”
According to Reuters, the woman’s clothes were torn and her body showed signs of resistance. The body was moved to a hospital and it was handed over back to the family after autopsy.
Police officials have arrested three people in connection with the rape and all of them have confessed to committing the crime. According to the attackers, Muzammil Bibi resisted rape by the three men and in the end they had to strangle her to quell the resistance. There are also reports that say that the police had delayed their arrival at the scene of the crime and that the woman’s body was left hanging there for a long time.
This incident of rape comes just weeks after two other similar cases were reported from India. Back in May, two teenage cousins were found to have been gang raped and hanged from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state of India, Barely two weeks later, another incident of the same nature was reported from the same state. This time, police officers were blamed for raping a woman. As for Pakistan, there was international outrage last month against Pakistan after a woman named Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by her own family members in what is claimed to be a honor killing.
Both India and Pakistan — especially the rural belts of these countries — have seen horrific atrocities committed against women in the past few months.
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