A 19 years old girl has been sentenced to death in Pakistan after she accused her cousin of raping her at gunpoint. The woman told she was asleep at her family home in Rajanpur, in the country’s central Punjab province, when the attack happened. She reported the crime to the local panchayat, a tribal court that operates outside the official justice system in remote areas of the country, but was said she had intentionally seduced her attacker. The panchayat, which included the alleged rapist’s father, then found her guilty of adultery and declared her a Kari, or adulteress. As a result the teen was sentenced to death by stoning or to be sold off. The council decided no action needed to be taken against the alleged rapist. The following day the girl and her father went to the police, who have now launched an official investigation. An arrest warrant has now been issued for the members of the tribal council and the woman taken to a refuge away from village. Women declared Kari are often executed by their own family in so-called honor killings to restore their reputation. Another warrant has also been issued for the alleged rapist.

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