Four Bangladeshi doctors will face legal action on charges of hiding the cause of death of teenager Hena Begum -- flogged to death after villagers found her guilty of adultery -- the Global Post website reports today (March 30, 2011).
The 14-year-old died after allegedly being raped by her 40-year-old cousin and punished with a public lashing.
The High Court on March 28 asked the government to sue the doctors for preparing a "false post-mortem report to hide the real cause of Hena's death."
Begum was sentenced to 101 lashes under Sharia -- or Islamic law -- for allegedly having an affair with a village man. She collapsed while being lashed and was taken to a hospital, where she died a week later.
Her death was judged as a "suicide" by Bangladeshi doctors.