ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed that members of a village council be punished for ordering a 3-year-old girl to be given in marriage to a 14-year-old boy.
The same council, in the eastern province of Punjab, ordered a woman to marry the younger brother of her alleged rapist, Pakistan's Dawn reported.
The Supreme Court Monday heard a petition filed by anthropologist Samar Minallah against the ancient tradition of "vani," practiced in the tribal areas of Pakistan, in which girls are given in marriage to settle a blood feud between two parties.
Although the crime is punishable by 10 years of hard labor, no one has been found guilty of it until now.
When the woman complained to the village council that she had been raped, they decided that the victim should marry the accused man's younger brother to settle the matter. As a punishment for the rape, her 14-year-old brother was married to the 3-year-old daughter of the accused.
The Supreme Court has arranged that local lawyers and committees be set up to register complaints of "vani," so that a system can be set up to end the tradition.