Pakistani police arrested 25 members of an informal village council composed of Muslim men (only) who are accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl.
You may think that it's unfair to the girl who did nothing wrong, but you might feel differently if you valued your cattle more than females.
The Supreme Court requested a report on the case, which was very similar to a case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on the orders of a local council. In both cases, none of the men on the councils were related to the girls.
"A total of 29 people were involved in this ghastly crime, and we have 25 of them in our custody," Multan City Police Officer Ahsan Younus told Reuters via phone on Thursday.
In early July, a local council in Multan was called after a family accused a 16-year-old boy of raping a 13-year-old neighbor child.
The village idiots ruled that the sister of the boy should be handed over to the victim's brother to be raped and the punishment was carried out on July 17 after the family handed the girl over.
The case came to focus when both families filed criminal charges with the police accusing the other family's son of rape. After both sides were questioned, it was soon clear that it was the village elder idiots who came up with the genius plan, and all of them have been arrested because it's bad for tourism.
In Multan, if you are run over by a guy driving a camel, your family is permitted to run over the driver's sister with a camel of the same approximate size.
Both the victims and their mothers have been sent to a women's protection center.
Pakistan has a centuries-old tradition of quick, often crazy justice handed down by gatherings of local cretins known as jirgas (pronounced 'jerks') or panchayats (pronounced 'jerks') seen by many low-functioning villagers as preferable to actual formal legal justice.
In much of Pakistan, jirgas are tolerated but not recognized by the formal courts and police.
The jirgas and the practice of "revenge rape" drew international attention in 2002 when a local woman, Mukhtaran Mai, was ordered gang-raped by jirgas for a male relative's alleged crime.
Mai had the courage to file criminal charges against her attackers, and sex men were convicted and sentenced to death later that year, though five were later freed on appeal.
Mai eventually became the high-profile campaigner for women's rights in Pakistan.
Mai oh Mai.