MULTAN: Police have arrested 12 people — including members of a village council, elders and relatives — for ordering a man to rape a girl in revenge for the rape of his sister.

Police officer Rehmat Ali says the 12 were brought before a court, which allows police to investigate them for a week without bail.

Copy of FIR registered against accused

He said on Monday that following the rape of a village girl, the family of the alleged rapist, Wasim Saeed of Pir Maham, sought pardon from the girl s family.

Both sides agreed to reconcile on the condition of a  revenge rape  of the suspected rapist s sister.

Such revenge assaults, called “wani,” are still being practiced in some parts of rural areas of Pakistan, though they are banned under the law.