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Mukhtar Mai

-         a tale of uncommon heroism

Women have long been abused, abducted, or killed to settle disputes between males in feudal societies. Life is not an option after an heinous crime such as rape. Only death – suicide or honour killing - is the solution, for a crime perpetrated by a male.

NICHOLAS KRISTOF, a columnist with New York Times has been writing about Mukhtar Mai (also called Mukhtaran Mai), and the work she does in the southern Punjab region of Pakistan, for more than five years . He has visited her dusty little village of Meerwala many times over, the village where she was brutally sexually abused on the orders of a village council and where she later built a small school with the compensation money she received from the government. She now runs four schools, operates an ambulance service, a women’s shelter, a legal clinic, a telephone hot line and women’s crisis centre – defying feudal norms in a male-dominated society.

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