Woman Dies After Caning Over Affair
Bangladesh launches investigation into illegal punishment
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2010 3:22 AM CST
An activist holds a candle in a vigil in Dhaka, Banglasdesh, last month to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.   (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)

(Newser) – 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.