A village council in Pakistan has sentenced an innocent 16-year-old girl to public "revenge rape" after her brother allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl who also lives in the village.

As reported by the BBC, the father of the alleged 12-year-old victim told the village council in the province of Multan, Punjab, that his nephew had raped his daughter.

In response, the council, made up of about 40 men, sought to punish the sister of the man accused, sentencing her to a public "revenge rape" in front of the council members and the girl's parents.

"A jirga [village council] had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old," said police official Allah Baksh.

"Both of the girl's mothers later filed reports with the local police station. Several of the men involved, including the suspected rapist of the 12-year-old girl were still at large," reports Time.

The sentence of a "revenge rape" on a female close to an alleged male criminal is not uncommon in the Muslim world. In 2002, a village council sentenced Mukhtar Mai to be gang-raped after her 12-year-old brother allegedly had an affair with a woman in the village, as Time notes. Mai is now a women's rights activist.