A 10-year-old boy and his family are being forced to pay nearly $7,000 in fines after he allegedly had an extramarital affair with a married woman in Pakistan, police said today.
The issue began when young Taimoor Banglani was accused by a rival family of being involved in an extramarital affair with a 30-year-old married woman. Both families live in a village near Tangwani, Pakistan, the Daily Mail reports.
According to a local police official in the region, “The 10-year-old was caught having an extramarital affair with a lady from another tribe, which created bad blood between the two tribes.”
“The incident was later taken to a [tribal court] which ordered the boy’s family to pay a fine of [$7,000] to the aggrieved side," the police official explained to AFP. "The boy’s family paid [$500] upfront and undertook to pay off the remaining amount within three months.”
According to Umar Tufail, the chief of police in the region, the court’s decision was not legal and is currently under investigation.
"It has came to our knowledge that a [tribal court] was held to solve a dispute regarding an extramarital affair. We are looking into the incident as [tribal courts] are illegal," Tufail told AFP.
According to Pakistan’s penal code, an adult man engaging in sexual conduct with a child is considered statutory rape, NDTV reports. However, a woman engaging in a sexual relationship with a male child is not addressed in the country's code.
The woman could eventually be tried for sexual assault or unnatural sex acts, a lawyer reportedly told AFP.
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