Mukhtar Mai: Pakistan rape victim gets married

Mukhtar Mai with her husband Nasir Abbas Gabol

Mukhtar Mai married at a simple ceremony

A Pakistani gang rape victim who won international acclaim as a campaigner for women’s rights has married.

Mukhtar Mai wed a policeman who is still married to another woman. He threatened to divorce his first wife if she did not marry him.

Ms Mai said she decided to do so to avoid family break-up.

Four men raped Ms Mai as punishment after her 12-year-old brother was accused of adultery in 2002, but she fought to have her attackers convicted.

She ignored taboos about her ordeal, becoming a champion for women’s rights.

Six men arrested and sentenced to death in connection with the gang rape are still in custody pending a retrial. Continue reading