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Mukhtaran Mai · In Pak­istan, al­leged­ly an al­ly of the West, Ms Mai was sen­tenced to gang rape to pun­ish her broth­er. She sur­vived, fought back, won in court, raised mon­ey, start­ed school­s. If the word “hero” has any mean­ing, she is one. The Asian-American Net­work Against Abuse of Women in­vit­ed her to lec­ture in the U.S.A. So the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment re­voked her right to leave the coun­try, put her un­der house ar­rest, and cut off her phone; mean­while, its courts are let­ting the rapists out of jail. The New York Times re­port­ed on the week­end that she was un­der ar­rest, but the BBC now says she’s free. This would be a good time to drop a line to your Con­gressper­son or Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment or lo­cal Em­bassy of Pak­istan. What­ev­er you think of Gen. Mushar­raf, he re­al­ly can’t do with­out Western sup­port. So we may not be able to save the world, but maybe we can save one brave wom­an. [Up­date: I wrote this last June; but some­times there’s good news.]
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