Her crime?  She supposedly had an affair with her stepson so some medieval cretin clerics sentenced her to 40 lashings.

It is thought to be the first case of a fatality linked to a Sharia law punishment since the practice was outlawed.

So what are the police doing?

Police say it has not yet been established clearly that she died from injuries caused by the caning.

But of course, her body was swollen beyond recognition…must have been some bug, right?

Women’s rights campaigners in the country are demanding action, and have gone to Ms Begum’s home village in an effort to find out what happened.

Activists say dozens of fatwas are issued under Sharia law each year by village clergy.

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