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Pakistani Police Arrest Village Council For Ordering Rape Of Teenage Girl

Pakistani police say they have arrested 20 members of a village council on suspicion of ordering the rape of a teenage girl as punishment for a rape committed by her brother.

Police official Allah Baksh told the AFP news agency that the village council had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment because her brother had raped a 12-year-old.

Police said the families of the two girls are related.

Baksh said the council was contacted earlier this month by a man who said his 12-year-old sister had been raped by their cousin.

Baksh said the council then ordered the complainant to rape the sister of the accused in return -- which police say he did.

Police said both men suspected of rape were still at large.

Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported that the 16-year-old girl was forced to appear before the group and raped in front of them and her parents.

Police said medical examinations have confirmed rape in both cases.

So-called 'honor' crimes are common in some rural areas of Pakistan.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP