A young man was publicly flogged in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday (13 December) as part of his punishment for rapping a five-year old girl.
A young man was publicly flogged in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday (13 December) as part of his punishment for rapping a five-year old girl. Such punishment is decreed by Islamic law, which has been strictly enforced in Pakistan since the military government of General Exe-uk-Hag took power last July.
SYNOPSIS: The man, convicted of rape by a military court, wore manacles as he was led to the flogging. His young victim and her father were among several thousand people who gathered to watch.
The rapist had been sentenced to 15 lashes, and one year's imprisonment. After overthrowing the civilian government of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, General Exe decreed that public whippings be introduced for a wide range of crimes. A maximum of 30 strokes is permitted, but all women, are excluded.
The amputation of thieves' hands also was among the measures decreed by General Exe. In many cases part of the punishment is that the public should witness the humiliation of those convicted.
There has been a growing trend in the Islamic world towards tightening morality and discouraging crime by the reinforcement of the Sharia religious laws formulated 1,400 years ago. Pakistan was the first non-Arab Asian country to introduce such stringent punishment for Moslems, who make up 97 percent of the population.