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Pakistan Woman Raped and Hanged from Tree

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 08:20 AM

A 21-year-old woman was raped and hanged from a tree in Pakistan, police said, in a case bearing a chilling resemblance to a spate of similar attacks that sparked outrage in neighboring India.

The woman's boyfriend of six months, Muhammad Saqib, confessed to the rape and murder and has been taken into custody in Punjab province, police said.

Saqib admitted he tried to force the woman, the daughter of blind parents, to have sex with two of his friends, according to police. When she refused, investigators said the pair argued.

The woman was found hanging from a tree the next morning.

Police are still looking for the two alleged accomplices.

Senior police official Ghazi Salahudin said the woman was raped and strangled to death, and then her body was hanged to make it look like a suicide.

"But the branch was so low and the dead body was touching the ground in sitting position," he said.

The woman was the eldest of eight siblings and made a living by farming a small piece of land.

The incident has disturbing similarities to an attack in India last month, in which two teenage girls were found gang-raped and hanged from a mango tree in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

That attack sparked protests over police apathy, and was the latest to highlight India's dismal record on preventing sexual violence. Similar headline-making cases have piled pressure on the authorities there

Though the issues of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence are not as high-profile in Pakistan as they have been in India in recent years, they are widespread in the deeply fundamentalist Muslim country.

In March, a 17-year-old Pakistani victim of a gang-rape died after self-immolating in protest at a police decision to turn a key suspect free.

© AFP 2017

 
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A 21-year-old woman was raped and hanged from a tree in Pakistan, police said, in a case bearing a chilling resemblance to a spate of similar attacks that sparked outrage in neighboring India.
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2014-20-21
Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 08:20 AM
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