Read the interview excerpts of Mai. Very philosophical and thought provoking.
But now I understand this, especially after the high court decision. The legal system is weak. The law does not have any strength here. If even the law would falsify the truth, who would then women turn to for their justice? If you think about it, I’m not really getting justice. Just look at the high court decision. They refuse to believe the truth. They said it was a total lie. That's a further abuse for women. But God is watching everything. One witness is not enough in Pakistan to prove a rape. They need at least 15 witnesses. The woman who goes through the abuse and exploitation, no one believes her. The high court said it's a false allegation. The case never took place. They said that because there is no one version of the story. I went to file a report, but there was no one to write it. . . .The last paragraph . . . Bravo!
The perpetrators of this crime were ignorant and illiterate people. But the judges at the high court were all educated people. I
cannot imagine how they could have come to a conclusion like that. Afterwards I started hating education, as well. . . .
We say there is illiteracy and ignorance in this part of the world, and I believe that, too. But if the educated are doing it, what's there to stop the ignorant? I don't know. I don't understand anything anymore. . . .
Of course, it hurts. You understand that, too, being a woman, the kind of hurt that a woman must feel after going through
such violation. But I have to live. When it hurts really bad, I just go to my school, look at the girls and spend time with them to help forget the pain. But I will go on until I have even the slightest hope of justice. ...
I don't really want to move away from my village. This is my home. I just feel the same amount of attachment to my village as people do to their country. But when people say harsh things about me, I think about leaving this place. But then I tell myself, I have my school and these girls here. If I left, I’d be leaving them behind, too, and the perpetrators will think that
Mukhtar gave up and left after everything that happened to her, that if they do that to a woman, the woman will leave, and they will get away with the crime. I think about that.
So my dear President Mr. Musharraf how would you explain the following. Like you have admitted that you are responsible for Mai's torment, I hope you will admit all your wrong doings. I guess victimization of Ms. Jahangir would have not been done without your knowledge. I assume that your advisors would have wanted to teach her a lesson for supporting Mukhtar Mai. You Know! She is bringing a shame to Pakistan by fighting her case in courts against her gang rapists.
Hale Enlightened Moderation
"We now turn to Asma Jahangir, the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Last month she demonstrated with a group of middle class Pakistani women for equal rights in Lahore. Police clubbed the women, dragged them to police stations. They particularly targeted Jahangir. The police ripped off her shirt, tried to pull off her pants. Azra Rashid interviewed Asma
Jahangir on her visit to Pakistan last April. She began by talking about the Hudood laws that were passed in 1980 in Pakistan which have been used to imprison thousands of women who report rapes. "