You know, all the petty bitching I like to do was completely eclipsed today when I read this article in the Washington Post:
Have you heard of Mukhtar Mai? She’s a Pakistani woman living in the remote village of Meerwala. I first heard about her through my sister, who e-mailed me about her case when it first happened. Back then, reading about it literally made me feel nauseous, and I’ve discovered that this holds true no matter how many times I read about it.
Mukhtar Mai’s 12-year-old brother had committed the heinous crime of walking around in public with a girl from another tribe. To avenge the girl’s and the tribe’s insulted honor, a tribal council ordered that Mukhtar be publicly gang-raped by four men. And to sweeten the deal, she was paraded naked through the whole village, in front of hundreds of onlookers.
More details can be found in this Times article.
Initially six men had been convicted in her case, but five of the convictions were overturned on appeal. The reason? Insufficient evidence. Given that the rape had been PUBLIC, all I can say is: WHAT THE FUCK? I don’t believe in the death penalty (believe it or not, I have a very, very strong pacifist streak when it comes to violent conflict and criminal justice), but for these motherfuckers? Kill them. Kill them slow. I want these shitsuckers to suffer.
It’s hard to believe that women are still treated like this in parts of the world. But they are. And it makes me incredibly angry, and incredibly sad.