08 Feb '11, 10am

Body of lashed #Bangladesh teen exhumed:

DHAKA - THE body of a teenage girl in Bangladesh who died after being whipped for having an affair has been exhumed on court orders, an official said on Tuesday, as public anger grew over the illegal sharia punishment. Hena Begum, 15, died in hospital last week after being publicly lashed with a rope by village elders, including Muslim clerics, in rural Shariatpur district over an extra-marital affair with her cousin. An initial investigation by police found 'no external injury marks' on Hena - triggering outcry from activists. 'The body was exhumed late on Monday and brought to Dhaka,' attorney general Mahbubey Alam told AFP, adding that the High Court had acted after media claims that police and authorities were covering up the case. 'A three-member expert forensic team will now conduct a fresh post mortem on her and we shall shortly find out the reason of her death,' he...

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