Not a Victim, but a Hero

A Pakistani girl musters the courage to publicly fight her rapists, despite threats to her family.

After being kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of thugs and enduring a year of rapes and beatings, Assiya Rafiq was delivered to the police and thought her problems were over.

Then, she said, four police officers took turns raping her.

The next step for Assiya was obvious: She should commit suicide. That’s the customary escape in rural Pakistan for a raped woman, as the only way to cleanse the disgrace to her entire family. Full Story »

Posted by Leo Romero - via Nicholas Kristof, NewsRack (Pakistan), New York Times (Most Emailed), Opinion Source, New York Times (Opinion)
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Posted by: Posted by Leo Romero - Jul 25, 2009 - 6:06 PM PDT
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Edited by: Leo Romero - Jul 26, 2009 - 7:38 AM PDT

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jul. 26, 2009

Kristof fails to inform readers in a meaningful way by taking what is a sad, and indeed heroic story, and decontextualizing it from the larger forces that have shaped and continue to shape Pakistan.

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Gatlin Massey
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by Gatlin Massey - Jul. 28, 2009

Very good journalism on the impact of extremist religious views in Pakistan. Very heartfelt and moving while being informative.

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Leo Romero
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by Leo Romero - Jul. 26, 2009
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