A 13-year-old Pakistani girl was allegedly raped and then buried alive in Punjab province, prompting authorities to order an investigation into the reported attack.
The girl’s father told police his daughter was on the way to a religious lesson when two men abducted her, raped her, and then buried her near the roadside, believing she had died in the assault. When the girl regained consciousness she clawed her way out of her grave and hailed a passerby who took her to a rural clinic, Outlook India reports.
After local police were criticized for being unresponsive to the family’s pleas for an investigation, the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Complaint Cell launched a probe into the incident Saturday and directed police to arrest the alleged rapists.
Rapes in the region have made international headlines in recent months after the brutal assault of a woman on a bus in India prompted widespread outcry.