Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Raped girl given 101 lashes in Bangladesh

A 16-year-old girl who was raped in Bangladesh has been given 101 lashes for conceiving during the assault.





The girl's father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay.



According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant.



The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year.



Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper reported that she was so ashamed following the attack that she did not lodge a complaint.



Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.



Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had "spoiled" her life.



"I want justice," she said.



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