The Evil That Men Do

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Fakhra Yunas, left, and Tehmina Durrani in Rome, where Fakhra will undergo extensive surgery

The walls of Tehmina Durrani's baronial home in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, are lined with both mirrors and Durrani's own cool-hued paintings of women flying, dancing, sleeping, gazing dreamily—lovely nudes in ethereal settings. Four months ago, a strange houseguest started drifting uncertainly through the elegant rooms, her head and face shrouded by a dark brown head-scarf. She stared at the paintings but took pains to avoid all those mirrors, explaining that she was afraid of herself.

The visitor was Fakhra Yunas, a 21-year-old former dancing girl who fulfilled the Pakistani equivalent of the American Dream—marriage into a rich and powerful...