Pakistan tribal court convicts 10-year-old boy for ‘affair’ with married woman
“It has came to our knowledge that a jirga was held to solve a dispute regarding an extramarital affair. We are looking into the incident as jirgas are illegal,” he told AFP.
Under Pakistan’s penal code, an adult male having sex with a female child is considered to have committed statutory rape, but a woman having sex with a male child does not come under the law.
The woman could however be prosecuted for sexual assault or unnatural sexual acts, lawyer Sundas Hoorain told AFP. Adultery is also a crime but rarely prosecuted.
Jirgas typically take the form of a council of male elders assigned to resolve disputes.
They have repeatedly come in for criticism for issuing controversial decisions, including forcibly marrying off young girls to end family feuds.
In July 2013 Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared the jirgas illegal and asked provincial authorities to clamp down on them.
But they persist in rural areas as a dispute settlement mechanism for people without the means to use regular courts.