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Going back to Mukhtar Mai

Published Apr 22, 2011 07:43am


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I am at a loss of words today. No words can describe the dejection, pain and anguish that many of us felt on hearing the Supreme Court’s verdict on Mukhtar Mai’s case. After nine arduous years of waiting for justice, five out of six accused in Mai’s rape have been acquitted. It was the Supreme Court that took suo moto notice on the LHC’s decision and now its decision to uphold the initial verdict is extremely disappointing to say the least.

Here is a time line of important events in Mukhtar Mai’s case to understand the complexities caused by procedural delay.

The detailed verdict can be found here. [For a more detailed time-line, refer to BBC’s report on Mai’s case]

June 22, 2002: Mukhtar Mai, 30, from Meerawala village in southern Punjab, is ganged-raped on the orders of a local jirga. The jirga is convened to seek punishment for Mai’s 12-year-old brother, Shakoor, accused of adultery with a woman from the Mastoi clan. Mai insists her brother is innocent and the charges are fabricated to prevent Mai’s family from filing a case against the men of the Mastoi who sodomised her brother.

Meanwhile, Mai’s brother is arrested by the police on charges of adultery as alleged by the Mastoi. The Mastoi rejects the jirga’s initial decision of Shakoor marrying the girl he is accused of having adultery with. Instead an appeal to settle scores by Qisas, ‘eye for an eye’ is demanded. Mukhara appears in front of the jirga, is gang-raped by six men in front onlookers and made to parade naked on the streets. The Mastoi clan then informs the police that both parties have agreed upon a deal and Shakoor is released.

Note: The role of the police here reflects how influential parties have control over criminal investigations. Police officials did not bother with details of the settlement and despite evidence of sodomy, Shakoor was still taken under custody.

June 28, 2002: Maulana Abdul Razzaq, an imam of the village mosque, protests the decision of the jirga and Mai’s rape. Maulana Razzaq urges the villagers to report the matter, declaring it a grievous sin and a crime. He then proceeds to inform a local journalist, Murad Abbass, who first reported the case in a local newspaper. The imam convinces Mai’s family to report the case. The case is filed on June 30, 2002. Meanwhile media attention builds pressure and the Punjab Government demands the police to take immediate action. Within two days the case is registered.

Note: One of the most crucial aspects of Mukhtar Mai’s case is the role of the village cleric in mobilising people to take action, reporting the matter to a journalist and urging Mai’s family to take action. As we protest role of some religious political parties in hindering women rights, we must acknowledge men like Maulana Abdul Razzaq in bringing Mai’s case to the forefront.

The initial report: The initial report filed in Mai’s case alleges 14 men of being involved in the gang rape. Charges are filed under the provisions of Pakistan Penal Code (provisions 109/149) of 1868, the Anti-Terrorism Act (7c & 21-1) of 1997 and the Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hadd) Ordinance (10-4 and 11) of 1979. Using these provisions, Mai’s lawyers argue that the crime of rape should be extended to everyone present at the time of Mai’s rape, abetting the crime. By this provision, four of the fourteen are charged with rape and the rest for the act of commission or omission.

Medico legal reports and a chemical analysis of Mai’s case reveal two semen stains.

August 31, 2002: Court sentences six of the fourteen men to death, under the anti-terrorism provision. Four are sentenced while the remaining eight are released. An appeal is filed in the Lahore High Court against the release of the eight men.

March 3, 2005: The Lahore High Court, Multan Bench, reverses the trial court’s decision. It acquits five out of the six and reverses the death penalty for the sixth man, to life imprisonment. “Lack of evidence” was cited as the reason for the reversal

Note: The chemical analysis report clearly reports two semen stains, which means irrefutable evidence against at least two of the four charged with rape. Another reason provided is poor investigations, for which no one but our flawed system of justice is to be blamed.

The decision of the LHC was met with hue and cry by human rights organisations demanding the state to intervene.

The Federal Shariat Court intervenes and suspends the LHC verdict.

“The Federal Shariat Court's subsequent suspension of the LHC verdict on the grounds that high courts had no jurisdiction to hear appeals in cases pertaining to Hudood laws, and the Supreme Court's action to take jurisdiction of the case in response, underscore thejurisdictional problems that have plagued Pakistan's higher judiciary since the inception of the Federal Shariat Court in 1980.” .

As pointed out by Ali Dayaan Hassan, the jurisdiction dilemma further delayed the case. The Supreme Court then decided to take suo moto action against LHC’s decision and hear the final appeal. All fourteen men alleged in the initial report by Mai were re-arrested.

June 28, 2005: Acquittals of the five men initially convicted by the trial court stands while that for eight others, is held until retrial.

April 21, 2011: Upholding the Lahore High Court’s verdict, the Supreme Court’s three-judge bench acquitted five out of six suspects in the Mukhtar Mai’s case. The remaining eight have also been released.

In short, only one of the fourteen identified by Mai as her rapists has been charged. It is worth recalling the adage: justice delayed is justice denied. After nine years of court trials, numerous appeals and a plethora of threats on her life, Mai has been let down by the justice system. In a society where crimes pertaining to women are repeatedly snubbed, Mai evolved as symbol of courage and defiance. Her resolve has inspired women in Pakistan to keep fighting the struggle against societal chauvinism and patriarchy.  Mai used financial help to set up schools, ambulance services and shelters for women in her village. It is remarkable for a woman to stand against adversity with such grace and composure.

As I said earlier, I have no words to express how I feel about the court’s decision. I am not a legal expert and therefore, do not have the authority to comment on the details of the verdict. All I know is that I am a citizen of this country, I believe in upholding the rule of law and respecting the court’s decision. But I am also a woman, and so I am aware of the role of societal pressure and culture in controlling the way our investigations are carried out and laws are implemented. I am also aware of the intensity of prejudice with which cases pertaining to women are handled, if at all reported.

I want to appeal to each one of you to please consider the long-term implications of this decision and let this be an eye-opener to the flaws within our system. It is easier to blame the judges and give a name to our protest and anger, but much more difficult to look within and pinpoint where things went wrong. Without demanding a change in the way these cases are perceived, reported, investigated and handled, the viscous cycle of prejudice against rape will never be broken.  It will be an arduous battle from here on but I will take strength from the epitome of courage herself – Mukhtar Mai.

As a recent message on the Twitter account in her name read: “No court can weaken my resolve to stand against injustice.”

Sana Saleem is Co-founder, Director and blogs at Global Voices,  Asian Correspondent, The Guardian and her personal blog Mystified Justice. She recently won the Best Activist Blogger award by CIO & Google at the Pakistan Blogger Awards. She can be found on Facebook and tweets at

The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Sana Saleem is the co-founder of Bolo Bhi & Stories Beyond Borders.

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Comments (80) Closed

Aly Apr 22, 2011 01:01pm
Since you confess that you are no legal expert,hence you shouldnt feel bad about the decision.let the detailed verdict come out and the legal fraternity decide whether justice was served or not. Bottomline is that guilty should be punished and innocent should be spared, no point in being hasty and jumping to conclusions.
Bob Apr 22, 2011 01:14pm
Hello Aly, I am sure you must be some great lawyer and I wish you were victim waiting for justice for 9 years. Legal system in our continent is taken over by set of culprits. Mukhtar is a smaller issue for them. Bob
Bader Apr 22, 2011 01:24pm
One should be careful on comenitng the system. Courts are blind they base theri judgement on evidence and witness to which Islam has given much importance. The community as a whole is to be blamed as they witnessed this incidnent and did not have courage to come out to testify. As per Islamic conjuctures they committed khainat as witness is Imannat, they sure will take this to their graves and will be held accountable to this Khainat on the Judegement Day.
M Ali Khan Apr 22, 2011 01:37pm
In Pakistan, men can rape a blind woman and then make her go to jail for adultery for not being able to produce 4 witnesses!
Raza Apr 22, 2011 01:42pm
I am delighted, atleast this pseudo hype of independent judiciary is exposed. I dont think there is a better manifestation of the term last nail in the coffin. Only in this case the coffin is not only one man's but the a nation as a whole.
Hamza Baloch Apr 22, 2011 01:54pm
I think Writer did not read the complete verdict. Court is there to do justice according to evidences, not on media report or on popularity basis.
khalid saeed Apr 22, 2011 02:03pm
It is very easy to criticise the judgement of the supreme court without having an appropriate and relevant judicial background which can enable you to analyse the contents of the judgement in details. Nevertheless, acts like rapes are completely intolerable from any norms. Mukthar Mai case caused uproar around the world and attracted a lot of attention particualrly in the western society. Mukhtar Mai became celeberty overnight and earned a lot of money and reputation due to this case. She should respect the decision of the supreme court and should rather focuss on those aspects of the case where society at large is held accountable and not the judicial system. She got one of the best judicial support which is rare commodity for ordinary person in person to get.
Amir Khan Apr 22, 2011 02:29pm
I read your article which is full of sadness and anger, but to tell you the truth I am not surprised to hear this decision as i already expected. we shouldn't waste our time arguing and criticizing the rulers or law makers as nothing is going to change. It's not just a one example where justice hasn't been made, the society is full of such heart-breaking stories and incidence, but at the end of the day decision goes in the favor of mighty people. People like SANA SALEEM will keep writing and raising voices against injustice and barbarism but who listen to them- In this society where Two brothers are killed in presence of hundred of people but no one dare to raise voice against these lord of the society or people like Raymond Davis kills our own people and then released but Supreme court kept quite or where a drone attack has become every day routine or target killing has become people hobbies or where every one says I AM RIGHT AND OTHER IS WRONG then what kinda justice are you expecting more? It is not the law makers and rulers whom we should criticism or slag every day- It is the system which is not working well, or which is not being carried out according to Quran and Sunnah. They day your system change- everything will be. So who will change the system? Not just people like Sana saleem or other tv anchors whom we listen every day. we also should take responsibility to change it. i will appreciate and salute to Mukhatara Mai not just standing against evil of society but doing other social works like set up schools etc. By doing this, she is creating awareness and making society literate which is the only solution of eradicating evils from society and make this country prosperous. The day we all realize our responsibilities- this country country be back on track and will once again on rising- Ameen. Sorry Guys, I just became emotional and wrote too much but that's the way i normally comment on. Any question- feel free to ask. Once again I appreciate Mukhtara Mai who is standing against injustice and also appreciate people like Sana Saleem who raise their voices against this bad system. So if we all realise our job, like these two people do, then the day is not far- we will be back........
Salman Zafar Apr 22, 2011 02:42pm
We should wait fr the detailed decision. There must have been something missing at the investigation process. We should not blame the judiciary here, its the police system, which could nt gather proper evidence against the accused. I belive that the judges sitting at high and supreme courts are not corrupt. They can't penalize someone without evidence, collection of which is the duty of law enforcement agencies not judiciary. The same examples can be found in the cases of terrorists, most of them are released due to lack of evidence which is solely the problem of law enforcement agencies.
Faroha Apr 22, 2011 02:52pm
Ours is a court of law, not a court of justice
rk singh Apr 22, 2011 03:04pm
Since Mai is a women, she must have counted as "half-witness" as against the 14 honourable men she is fighting the case, which pits her 21:1 overall. Very difficult case indeed.
kracycric Apr 22, 2011 03:07pm
All of the above people who are defending the decision should be ashamed of what they doing. Just because they THINK that the judges are not corrupt, they are favoring this decision? I know you people have not encountered the judicial system in the country, but still you should not based your thinking based on what media projects it to you, that the judges are above the average Pakistanis who are in Police, Custom or politics. They are also Pakistanis and corruption is inherent in them. It's very difficult for any one of them to stand against injustice as they all have weak points, which powerful parties can exploit. Pakistani judicial system is the most corrupt and inefficient system in the whole world where not only the justice is grossly delayed, it is almost always denied, if you happen to be the weaker party!
Zf. Apr 22, 2011 03:23pm
I have endless admiration for Muktar Mai; for the grit she has exhibited this last one decade, and how she has channeled her prominence into acts of selflessness and service to the society, particularly women. However, having read the judgment of the Supreme Court, i can not deny that an injustice greater than acquitting the men accused of Mai's rape (for the reason that the prosecution, within the ambit of the existing law, could not prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that those men did in fact gang-rape Mai) would have been to condemn to death or imprison for life, an innocent person.
Aly Apr 22, 2011 03:27pm
Hi bob no iam not a lawyer,otherwise i would have commented on the decision. The inadequacies of the legal system are not being discussed here. I have quite explicitly mentioned in my comment that justice should be served. If you are upset with the decision,then your wishes should be directed towards the judges who pronounced this decision.having said that, your comment does not factually establish whether decision is right or wrong, and Iam more interested in facts rather than sentiments. Reality bites.
Luqman B. Apr 22, 2011 03:55pm
Now, I understand why people have no trust in justice system. Sad to say but this is country is doomed. The long legal processes and injust court rulings like this masking ugly crimal faces of wealthy people are forcing people to lose faith in legal system. Pakistan is becoming more and more like a jungle with it's rule of might.
paindo Apr 22, 2011 11:11pm
aly great, totally agree with you
John Apr 22, 2011 11:33pm
This story is very sad to read. I hope the great people of Pakistan understand the injustice caused to Mai and try to change this ineffective judicial system. Where are the politicians hiding after this verdict?
Fatima Apr 23, 2011 12:04am
Very well said indeed. And shame on us all
Pakistani Apr 23, 2011 02:09am
The problem here is that we fail to understand our responsiblities: The Supreme doesn't make the law. The law is formulated by the parliament. The job of a judge is to apply the law. Now the parliament is elected by the people of this country. So they are collectively responsible for any wrong being done in the society. The people here are collectively responsible for the miserable state of affairs of this country, as they have failed to report the crimes that are happening on a day to day basis, be that the terrorist activities, the unemployment or the hunger that the people are facing.
AG Apr 23, 2011 03:50am
No, our justice system is flawed and people are trampled on routinely lets please for once call a spade a spade. We have failed. Please help us Allah.
SherePunjab Singh Sh Apr 23, 2011 04:42am
I agree 100% with you Amir. I salute to Mai for standing against such injustice in male ruled society and also to Sana for her article. For Khalid Saeed that I am a lawyer and for your kind notice, what you expect from a judiciary which judicially hanged a ex PM and legalized rule of other dictator under fear and pressure.
Kf Lee Apr 23, 2011 07:19am
Mukhtar Mai deserves the support and sympathy of us all. Her courage and decency in outrageous and truly horrific circumstances is a standard to which the whole world should strive. Whatever God you believe in, please pray that she is protected from further harm.
upkar gill Apr 23, 2011 08:31am
ashamed at the whole situation,law says they are innocent do you people have a law for women . i am ashamed on humanity..........
Muhammad Asim Apr 23, 2011 11:41am
If Islamic Law would be imposed in our country all problem would be solve automatically, decision would be taken on the spot no wait, Like when first time court give the death sentence it must be Implement same.
ali Apr 23, 2011 11:42am
this is a very sad day in Pakistan and confirms the western views that there is no justice in this can these men be let free it defy any logical thought process.
Muhammad Asim Apr 23, 2011 11:46am
If Islamic Law would be imposed in our country all problem would be solve automatically, decision would be taken on the spot no wait, Like when first time court give the death sentence it must be Implement at the same time.
Mahmood Apr 23, 2011 12:02pm
While reading some of the comments, I felt that the opportunity to malign Islamic justice or witnesses was not left alone. Therefore please note that Islam has the strongest punishment for adultery and rape, which is also quite conveniently mentioned as 'barbaric' by Western critics. Therefore the need for 4 witnesses is understandable. However, the religion also allows substantial punishments for cases which do not fulfill the witness criteria. This is especially applicable in situations where the crime might spread in society or cause unrest. Therefore the Qazi can inflict punishments on accused based on this criterion. Furthermore, few comments were found with regard to role of Maulana Abdul Razzaq or Federal Shariah Court. Their role must be applauded and finally we must understand that we are dealing with a justice system that does not conform to either modern system or Islamic law and is also plagued by a bureaucratic framework. Finally, centuries old traditions must be blamed for the atrocity under debate i.e. heinous punishments of gang rape. I believe that the writer has brought forth all of these views commendably.
Malay Apr 23, 2011 12:50pm
Is it as per Saria law? and somebody in this blog advocating to implement islamic law, another also said that woman's witness will be considered half in Islamic / Sharia law in comperison to man. Confused!
ahmed Apr 23, 2011 01:06pm
we only see which we want to see we only talk which we want to talk we only believe which we want to believe,may be the story would be different from the artical of sana,
ali Apr 23, 2011 01:25pm
Supreme Court's verdict on MUkhtar Mai case might be in accordance with law, but it clearly voilates the principles of JUSTICE. This verdict also shows that our highest courts are insensative towards human and social issues.
Aamnah Khan Apr 23, 2011 02:00pm
agree !
Aamnah Khan Apr 23, 2011 02:09pm
No matter what today Mukhatara'n gains or looses,tomorrow at the day of judgement she won't be helpless or left doomed like this
Omar Qadri Apr 23, 2011 03:20pm
Islamic Law as per the Quran or Islamic Law as per different Hadith and sects? Quranic Law is the only true Islamic Law.
Jamal Apr 23, 2011 04:34pm
Shame on the justice system. This is unbelievable and extremely disappointing. There is nothing more to say ..... Wake UP Pakistanis because this could happen to us too.
saad Apr 23, 2011 06:00pm
soomar Apr 23, 2011 06:59pm
what about political cases now a days where they (sc) are presurring to get evidences to ensure punishment to one party in this case which was lying on there table for almost noine years why not they ask for complete evidence.
What nonsense ! Apr 23, 2011 07:31pm
What a stupid argument ! In that cse there is no need for courts - let us leave everything for the judgement day ! Even the hardcore militants didnt wait for the judgement day and went ahead and killed Shabaz Bhatti and Governor Taseer.
FARID LODHI Apr 23, 2011 08:27pm
Everyone must watch "khari baat Luquman ka sath" April 22, 2011. There is always other side story. Then decide.
Proud to be Hindu Dr Apr 23, 2011 08:32pm
Sad to see the verdict on Mukhtar mai case. Many muslim women had lots of hope for the women rights in Pakistan, as this was considered to be mile stone case in Pakistan’s history for women rights. It also does not give very fare picture of judiciary of Pakistan.
sobia Apr 23, 2011 09:04pm
i am simply speechless at such injustice,it has further strenghtened the pathetic image of our crippled judicial system.
asad Apr 24, 2011 12:48am
Police present evidence in court against suspect. If police present no evidence then court have no choice but to release suspect. If police present evidences against suspect but court ignore evidences and free suspect then Justice not done. Corrupt police and unjust court helps people with power to remain above the law and there is little chance of implementation of check and balances to improving working of these institutions.
Afia Apr 24, 2011 01:14am
We all should fear God, we all will die & be accountable for what we did, We should work to support justice for every one. Scilence will kill us.
ali Apr 24, 2011 03:44am
strongly disappointing!
Ali Apr 24, 2011 03:56am
Elaborate plz!
Kolsat Apr 24, 2011 08:20am
Mai's case proves once again that there is something very wrong with Pakistani society where a woman is raped in front of people by six menmade to walk naked in the village and yet only one of six animals (that is how they should be referred) is found guilty after nine years of investigations. Shame on you People of Pakistan. Awake before it is too late.
ashraf (USA) Apr 24, 2011 08:32am
i am sad to read the story of Mukhtar Mai, It's very sad. For years she went thru lots of PAIN and SUFFERING, unfortunately no-justice was serve.. Pain will remain for ever.In my opinion Mukhrar Mai must migrate to USA and write a book and also movie about true story. Let the whole world know what she going through....It will help the future victims of horrible crime. American people will support you very much and open the door for you, and make your life worth while, any way i can help please let me know. I want to thank Mrs. Sana Saleem for writting this eye openner article ...thanks again. Sincerely, Ashraf (USA)
Piyush Apr 24, 2011 08:56am
I think its high time to acknowledge that a state cannot survive just on basis of Islam and hatred against India. Its high time the pakistani government and people realize this. Education is key to success, not religion.
Piyush Apr 24, 2011 08:59am
Its high time that Pakistan declare itself as a secular state instead of Islamic republic, and remove Sharia law as the law of the land. You guys need to learn something from India. Both of us achieved independence in 1947, look where we are and where u guys are. Shame on you. The land of Mohenjodaro and Harappa has been spoiled by few extremists.
naeem Apr 24, 2011 09:34am
STRONGLY DISAGREE - education is the solution not scare or threat...
Entero Apr 24, 2011 09:50am
Excuse me,Mr. Singh,i don't recognize you.You are less-than-half baked on this issue.I suggest you read the 'role of Imam Abdul Razzaq and the Sharia' Court ' before posting your insensitive comments.Bye!
Entero Apr 24, 2011 09:56am
Do you people live in Pakistan?Are you experts in Pakistan Penal Code?My reply is the same as given to Mr. Singh.Some insensitive people find this blog a place where they can joke away at the lady's rape and play silly mind games.UNFORTUNATE :-(
Ali Khan Apr 24, 2011 11:37am
Pakistan is an Islamic republic but I have never seen any Islamic values in any walk of life here we are corrupt Nation notthing is done without bribe you are never going to see any justice I dont know why we call our self Muslims. We do all those things Quran forbids. KHALID SAEED said ( Mukhtar Mai became celeberty overnight and earned a lot of money and reputation due to this case.) I ask him what this would have happened to your own family member would money worth it for you . I think money is every thing to people now a days there are no values and morals. For God sake wake up respect others the way you want to be respected your self.
Dr. Tariq Apr 24, 2011 01:02pm
and we are doing what was expected.... i feel sorry when see people criticizing the obvious. no denying the graveness of the issue. the human suffering which only mukhtara mai knows..... but how many of us including the writer knows that approximately how many women are raped in pakistan daily.. bot no we will only discuss what is famous and we comment for the sake of commenting. alas!!!! yeah i agree that the judiciary acted slow.. yeah we know that police is influenced by the influencial.. yes yes we know.. question is what we did or are planning to do.!!!!!!!!
rationale Apr 24, 2011 01:44pm
oh yeah!! then close down all your courts, police stations, etc.... Let the criminals do crime as they will.. anyways they will be punishef on the "day of judgement"!!
Aziz Apr 24, 2011 01:52pm
Change comes from within. She (Mukhtaraan Mai) has done a great job already by setting up school thereby spreading education besides speaking against violence against women. The way the influential people control our police and judicial system is the main problem here. If justice is meted out on a regular basis, only then will these problems be solved.
Aziz Apr 24, 2011 02:05pm
It only shows that unless we as people unite and make these people answerable, judiciary alone can't serve justice for the society. Governments, police and other investigative agencies have to distance themselves from the offenders of law / zalim no matter how rich, powerful and connected those people are. This can't happen unless we unite against all the injustices happening in our crime. I am hopeful about this legal battle for Mukhtar Mai, she is fighting and we need to support her even more!
Aziz Apr 24, 2011 02:30pm
It's a fight for justice. Many of us are awake and will continue to work for justice. Hopefully, you also wake up and look at the injustices going on in your country, rather than finding opportunities to curse Pakistan.
Nazir Apr 24, 2011 02:42pm
Hang our heads in shame, all citizens of the land of the "pure" May the ALMIGHTY have mercy on us. We must beseech HIS forgiveness.
dr faizullah Apr 24, 2011 03:49pm
where is justice iftikhar chaudhary?????
Aboo B. Rana Apr 24, 2011 03:50pm
Just imagine what if Jinnah had to fight this case? He would have shaken the whole world with his arguments. It is shameful that no liar, excuse me, no lawyer is even half the calibre of the founder of this nation!
Reeni Apr 24, 2011 03:51pm
THE barbaric act happened in FRONT of SEVERAL people BY the orders of the village-head! Everyone knew about it. then how on earth does it take NINE years to reach a verdict and that to completely shocking and wrong!!!?? This should have been an open and shut case!
Concerned Human Apr 24, 2011 03:55pm
Such is the response to what unfortunately is travesty of justice.Sad state of affairs...
Riaz Murtaza Apr 24, 2011 04:38pm
It is a very awkward situation ! How the culprits are set free by our judiciary after nine years of trial! I guess, we need to properly check and overhaul our Court system. Are we following the old British rules ! Court Laws could get help from Shariah Law which will be a fare for all.
Mohamed asif Apr 24, 2011 08:13pm
I agree Islam says Judgement day will hold those responsible. We are only humans and cannot say whether the rape happened or not. A woman cannot be trusted just bcoz she claims rape. Ameen.
Mohamed asif Apr 24, 2011 08:15pm
I agree why are we jumping to conclusions and saying the accused men are guilty. There was no proof and the justice was served. If this crime happened wither way on judgment day the people will have to answer to their God.
Mahendra Nath Apr 24, 2011 10:31pm
This is painful reading,terrible injustice. It is time for Pakistanis and International community to fight this cruel tretment of women
satya Apr 25, 2011 12:25am
It brings shame on the judicial system of Pakistan. Start all over again and overhaul it and take out the religion out of it. Just change it empower the women.
Monim Apr 25, 2011 07:45am
Courts hear the argument based on the evidence presented. Courts also listen to the witnesses and then comes the attorney's strength. In this case the evidence was not presented the case warranted. i will not be surprised know if the evidence/s were "destroyed". Then comes the witness, we all know how the witness is threatened and harassed for telling the truth. Who will witness when the police as well as the powerful people come after them and their family? Look what is happening to all other cases in the NAB and FIA, are these guys doing their job? are they government employees or some related interest group's? What happened to the case of Sialkot boys? does media or any one remembers them? how they were beaten to death in front of dozens of people!! there are many many cases where the law enforcement agencies have abused their power and justice was served. In fact they make the mockery of justice. The change has to come from people, speak, scream and raise your voice against all injustice anywhere, anytime, otherwise it will become a lawless society!
Taj Muhammad Apr 25, 2011 10:00am
What a SHAME for the Pakistani judicial system.
amir Apr 25, 2011 10:16am
How can Justice be done when Police presents no evidence against the suspects in court. Police is deliberately kept corrupt by power group (politicians, bureaucrats and other influential institutions) for there own interest. These groups cannot afford to have honest police and therefore weak has very little chance to get Justice.
rkg Apr 25, 2011 10:20am
I think justice system in India and Pakistan are meant to protect only rich and powerful. If you have money/power, you can get away with anything, even rape or murder, even if it is committed in front of whole public.
Mahmood Apr 25, 2011 10:36am
There is no need to close down any courts, police stations etc. However, effectiveness is a key issue. Going to our grass roots, the point is that what makes us tick as a nation. Is it anything apart from Islam? On the day of independance what did a Bengali and Pathan have in common except for their religion. The same can be said for all 4 provinces and therefore ignoring this element will lead to the same strife we are facing in all corners of the country. As far as Day of Judgment is concerned where can people like Hitler or Firaun get their due share except for that day. Human punishments cannot atone for the thousands of deaths caused through war crimes in Bosnia, Kashmir, Afghanistan etc. So yes rationale does say that their will be a Day of Judment when the final verdict is given by Almightly ALLAH.
Malek Towghi, Ph.D. Apr 25, 2011 11:05am
I salute this brave women, and would like to see her elected as a Member of Pakistan's National Assembly as an Independent or representing a yet to be formed "Women's Human Rights Party"
aly Apr 25, 2011 03:44pm
we all are answerable for all our acts on judgement day. whether the accused men are innocent or guilty, the judges ruled in favor of them.They are the ones who are going to make a call and are answerable for their judgements. ultimately, in this world and the next world, justice is served.
Imdad Baloch Apr 25, 2011 10:09pm
I feel ashamed of Justice System in Pakistan. Justices (in all courts) have no conscience and no respect for poor. These guys make mockery of justice/religion. What a shame !!! I salute the brave lady. She is my hero. I ask all women/men in Pakistan and all over the world to codemn this decision.
Altaf Ahmed Apr 26, 2011 02:40am
I salute and honour Mukhtar Mai: the brave woman of this century. May Allah protect you and honour you here and in the hereafter. Your courage will remain the greatest symbol of a fighter who will never be defeated. USA
bashirrojehea@yahoo. Apr 26, 2011 07:49am
BB Mukhtar Mai should get all of rights what she deserve , As Pakistan men shroud give her more government hasn given. and let her live in peace and harmony given to her ., Love for All, hatred for none
Goga Nalaik Apr 26, 2011 01:38pm
Dear Sana You have always taken stand on difficult and delicate social issues. Of course we are all with Mukhtar Mai. Though I'm not optimistic but I still hope that your article will help in moving things in the required direction. Sana, I salute you for your courage. Keep it Up!
iqbal sher khan Apr 26, 2011 06:59pm
It is very difficult for common people in Pakistan to get justice without money or a powerful source.
Sabih Apr 27, 2011 11:39am
I dont know what to believe. The facts are unclear. Need to see the exact evidence as presented in court. Dont get me wrong, if the culprits were really guilty, I wouldnt send them to the 7 years in prison. But my only problems with all the facts I have so far hear: 1) how come no DNA testing was done even though Mukhtaran Bibi went all over the world 2) the incident happens on 22nd June, and she is tested with a SIMPLE SWAB test on 28th (or 29th) June. for 8 days, the victim performs no ablution, no cleansing act? 3) if the guys were not guilty then why release 5 but punish the 6th???? its all confusing. We need to stop thinking with our emotions. The facts are all there. Lets analyse them first before jumping to conclusions....