Lahore: A 19-year-old girl has been sentenced to death by village elders in Pakistan’s Punjab province for allegedly having an illicit relationship with her cousin after she accused him of raping her at gunpoint.
Deccan Chronicle (h/t Eran N) Shumaila escaped from the village after she came to know of the panchayat’s decision and reported the matter to police. She has denied having any illicit relationship with her cousin Khalil Ahmed and alleged that he raped her at gunpoint when she was sleeping at her house.
“I could not raise an alarm as Ahmed was holding a gun. But the panchayat refused to accept my statement and declared that I wilfully slept with him,” she told the police. She said the panchayat did not take action against Ahmed. Fearing for her life, she approached the police yesterday.