Child Bride's Wrongful Conviction Suit Could Alter a Nation

Child Bride's Wrongful Conviction Suit Could Alter a Nation

Newser - Crime·2020-03-26 06:30

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(Newser) – A child bride wrongfully convicted of killing her husband—a crime for which she spent 19 years behind bars—is suing the Pakistani authorities she says are responsible for "ruining" her youth. Rani Babi was only 14 when she was sentenced to life for the murder of her husband, who was killed with a shovel and buried. She was jailed along with her father, who died behind bars, and her brother and a cousin, both of whom were released. While there was "no evidence at all" to tie Bibi to the crime, the Guardian reports she wasn't acquitted until 2017. A Lahore high court judge last year acknowledged Bibi, now 36 and remarried, had been "left to languish in the jail solely due to [the] lackluster attitude of the jail authorities," who improperly handled her appeal.

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