Bangladeshi Girl, 14, Dies After 100 Lash Punishment

She was spotted talking to married man
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2011 2:03 AM CST

(Newser) – A 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl has died after a sentence of 100 cane lashings imposed when a village woman accused the teen of talking to her husband. "What sort of justice is this? My daughter has been beaten to death," sobbed the girl's father. Some media reports said the girl had been raped by the woman's husband. Four men have been arrested in the killing, but police are seeking several others, including villagers who stood by and watched as the girl was beaten. After the wife's testimony, a makeshift court sentenced the girl and the husband to 100 lashings each.

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The man was reportedly beaten by his father at home. He's now on the run, reports the Guardian. Such fatwa punishments were outlawed last year. Lawyers for the teen's family are now suing the government, and investigators from a human rights organization are interviewing villagers. "This is an absolutely horrific crime," said a spokeswoman for the group. "Despite court judgments banning punishments in the name of fatwa, an aggressively religious group capable of committing such barbaric crimes of torture against women are still present in our society." (Read more flogging stories.)

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