Bangladeshi officials have launched an investigation into the death of 40-year-old woman following a severe caning for an alleged affair with her stepson. The woman died nearly a month after the beating; she was sentenced by village elders to 40 blows for adultery and caned in public. Bangladesh banned such punishments earlier this year, reports the BBC. "Her body was swollen and I couldn't even recognize her," said her brother after the family finally took her to a hospital a week after the beating. Doctors recommended treatment at a more sophisticated hospital, but her family couldn't afford it. Two people have been arrested so far for the caning.