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Justice Overturned in Pakistan

In the remote desert villages of Pakistan beyond the reach of government courts, tribal law is often the only adjudicator of local disputesŚand the use of rape to settle scores is common. In June 2002, 30-year-old Mukhtar Mai was publicly raped by four volunteers in the hamlet of Meerwala in central Pakistan on the orders of village elders. She had committed no crime: her 12-year-old brother had been accused of walking with a girl from the higher Mastoi caste, and Mai was chosen to bear the punishment for her family.

Victims of such assaults are expected to suffer...

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