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Mukhtar Mai – incredibly brave January 29, 2007

Posted by Al in : people , trackback

It takes an immense amount of courage for a Muslim woman to stand up to her male seniors and tell them that they are wrong.But in this case it was perfectly correct of Mukhtar Mai to do so, as she was raped by four village elders to appease their caste after her brother was accused of having raped one of their women. I doubt this was the case, and would imagine that there was compliance on both sides, however Mukhtar was singled out as the scapegoat, and her father lead her to the slaughter.

She should have committed suicide, but instead has managed to get her persecutors arrested and jailed. For this alone she would deserve credit, however she has also received money from her government, and she has spent this on schools within her village rather than on things for herself, or even an escape from the constant harassment she is still getting. She knows she may well soon be killed by the caste that raped her, but she is still living in the same village and has refused to back down. I really respect Mukhtar Mai.


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