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A Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gang-rape, who became a symbol of the country’s oppressed women, said on Thursday her life was in danger after the Supreme Court acquitted 13 men accused of the crime.

Mukhtaran Mai was attacked on the orders of a village council in 2002 as a punishment because her brother – who was 12 at the time – was judged to have offended the honour of a powerful clan by allegedly having an affair with one of its women.

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Apr 21, 2011 08:56pm
I am appalled! This speaks reams about where the rights of women stand in Pakistan.
Apr 22, 2011 12:27am
What else do you expect from a backward country? Pakistan Zindabad!
Apr 22, 2011 02:04am
and today they let go the ones who raped her. Now they are free.
Apr 22, 2011 03:47am
Large hearted muslims and pakistanis?
Apr 22, 2011 04:02am
this is so shameful . happens in barbaric areas of pakistan and india . speaks volumes of the rights of women . God help these countries
Saeed Anjum
Apr 22, 2011 06:27am
Shame on SC They do not know how our Police work SHAME SHAME SHAME
Gary Sahi
Apr 22, 2011 07:16am
Words lack my feeling for the poor victim. Trust God. He will avenge you.
MJ Toms
Apr 22, 2011 08:16am
Agreed. Pakistan has no respect for women. Where else is there such institutionalized evil toward women?
Batool Nasir
Apr 22, 2011 09:49am
muhammad Ishaq
Apr 22, 2011 09:57am
this speaks about our supreme court.
Sarah Farrukh
Apr 22, 2011 12:10pm
God bless you our sweet sister :'(
Sarah Farrukh
Apr 22, 2011 12:11pm
no rights for women in Pak :(
Apr 22, 2011 12:17pm
if anyone gets justice in Pakistan it will be miracle .
Apr 22, 2011 12:26pm
In the current situation in Pakistan , we can't blame only our government .we all are corrupt.
Hira A.
Apr 22, 2011 01:12pm
Lets wait for an ideal Pakistan...
Apr 22, 2011 02:06pm
Shame!! I want to ask religious fundamenatalists in Pak where are they now? Why they are not coming forward in favor of Mukhtar Mai and demanding the punishment according to the Shariat law (stone to death) for the rapists?
Apr 23, 2011 04:59am
This is a sad day for women's rights all over the world.
Apr 23, 2011 07:42am
Lets wait for detailed judgement court must have decided as per facts and evidence provided
Apr 23, 2011 03:47pm
i cant believe ppl are saying this."wait for detailed judgement"!. is a any inhuman verdict possible if there is a "detailed judegment". This verdict in itself is the crime. A crime against generations of women of pakistan.
Nadeem Rana
Apr 23, 2011 04:40pm
I wish that you will be get justice very early and i pray for you
Apr 27, 2011 08:56pm
May Allah (SWT) always bless us, have mercy on us and grant justice to the deserving ones, Ameen!