Pakistani police say boyfriend admits woman was raped, murdered after refusing sex with his friends
A 20-year-old woman was gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Pakistan, in an incident that echos a rash of similar attacks in India.
A 20-year-old woman was gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Pakistan, in an incident that echos a rash of similar attacks that have caused protests in neighboring India.
The attack occurred in in the impoverished Layyah area of the densely populated Punjab province. Police say Muzammil Bibi was at a vegetable stand where her boyfriend, Muhammad Saqib, worked.
Saqib allegedly wanted Bibi to have sex with two of his friends. When she refused, they took her to a field and gang-raped her. They strangled her when she tried to resist and left her hanging from a tree.
Her parents, who called police and told them they thought their daughter was asleep, went looking for her that night and found her hanging from the tree the next morning.
“This is the first time in my 22 years of service in the police that I have seen such a case, where a girl was raped in this way and found hanging from a tree,” senior officer Sadaqat Ali Chohan told Reuters.
“We have heard of such cases in India but never in Pakistan. The girl’s clothes were torn. We took her down and moved her to hospital. Her body had signs of resistance. We have arrested three individuals who have confessed to the crime.”
In May two teenage cousins were found hanged from a tree after being raped in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, in the latest of a series of attacks that have triggered protests over violence against women in India.
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