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17-year-old raped on panchayat’s orders in Muzaffarabad

MULTAN (NNI): Police have arrested 12 people from Muzaffarabad after receiving a complaint that a 17-year-old girl was raped on the orders of a local panchayat.

According to police, Umer, resident of Basti Rajapur allegedly raped 13-year-old Uzma and her family turned to the local panchayat to resolve the matter. The panchayat then ordered that Umer’s 17-year-old sister Hafza should be raped by Uzma’s brother Ashfaq.

After Ashfaq reportedly followed the order, members of both families registered a case against the panchayat at the women’s police station. Muzaffarabad police then arrested 12 people including the panchayat’s head.

Police said initial investigations have revealed that Umar and Uzma were in a relationship and wanted to get married, but her family was against it and accused Umar of raping her, which led to the whole sordid affair.

Further investigation is underway and raids are being conducted to make more arrests.

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