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Musharraf's statement degraded sanctity of women: Mukhtaraan Mai

16 September, 2005

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ISLAMABAD, September 17 (Online): President Gen Pervez Musharraf's statement in an interview brought immense grief and anguish to me and degraded the sanctity of mothers, sisters and daughters of the country in which he described the incidents of sexual violence in Pakistan as a source of earning.

Mukhtarran Mai, a rape victim of Mir Wala village in South Punjab said this on Friday while giving interview to BBC.

Expressing grave concern over the President's statement, she said that President by issuing such statement degraded the sanctity of mothers, sisters and daughters of the country.

Mukhtarran Mai further said that President is supposed to be a guardian of Pakistan and he must understand that no woman in Pakistan offers herself to sex hounds because most precious thing a women possesses is her honour and she would never let her honour to be tormented, she added. How could President think that Pakistani women could do this, she asked.

Mukhtarraan Mai also told that the entire world supported her. She also expressed concern that she has no idea whether she will get justice or not. She further said that most rape victims commit suicide and asked whether women commit suicide for money, she asked.

Commenting on this statement of President Musharraf that rape victims in Pakistan are awarded Canadian nationality and visa, Mukhtara Mai said' I was also offered to go abroad but I refused the said offer.

She further added that when she (Mukhtara Mai) did not want to leave for abroad, then, any Pakistani woman can do so.

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Reader Comments:

President's remarks

Mukhtara Mai's case should not be used for getting political mileage out of it by the dirty politicos. Mukhtara Mai, too, is requested to use, what the Qur'an teaches us, "patience in adversity". She must be assured of justice by the apex court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court would earn real "swab" if he utters a word of solace to the rape victim. He knows that that the victim was raped and justice is owed to her. The facts of the case are well known. The altruism: "zaban-e-khalq ko naqqara-e-Khuda samjho" fully applies here. Make sure that the scoundrels do not abscond.

I recall an anecdote published in an old issue of the "Reader's Digest". It related to an ordinary innocent Jew in America. He happened to pass through a place where a murder was committed. The killers caught hold of the him and frightened him into owning that he committed the act. The witnesses and lower courts were all lined up. The Jew was awarded death sentence. The scoundrels were a powerful mafia. They found it safe to make the unknown person a scapegoat.

When the case progressed to the last stage, the Jew somehow managed to convey a message to a prominent lawer, a Jew, of course. From this stage the case took a new and dramatic turn. Permission to see the prisoner was sought and obtained. Why did the innocent man took the offence on him? The answer was that the scoundrels were Jew- haters and, said the Jew that he feared he would be lynched. Imagine that even America is also not a safe place for the Jews. The story electrified the whole nation. The media at once took up the cause of the innocent man. All the facts fell into place. The mafia was nabbed, including the corrupt judiciary. The life of the poor, innocent man was saved and his honour and respect in society restored.

Would shouting slogans against the President and inciting the innocent rape victim to lose hope of justice is the right course? Do these women know where the Opposition would lead the country in the absence of a strong and upright President? One has only to look towards a non-partisan and independent media to come forward and play its vital role. Most important thing for media is to deliver awareness among people of true facts of the case and to pursue the matter to its final end.

One finds the field empty of the God-conscious Islamists? Where are they? And why don't they come forward and instil the fear of God in the judiciary as well as to throw their full weight in the case and earn kudos from the nation for getting justice done to an innocent woman?

Sher Mohammad.
Email: sher_apr@yahoo.com

Sher Mohammad, Pakistan - 17 September, 2005

Nothing new with Musharaf

Sir,
Only a military ruler can say such rubbish against womans. Pakistan a nation, where woman need many eyewitness to prove the assault, we cannot expect justice there. Unfortunatly muslim clericks in India too doing the same way of Pakistani counterparts. They wants Sania mirza to play tennis waring Burkha.

sandeep, Hungary - 18 September, 2005

sanctity of woman

How could such a matured person General Musharraf be so
erratic to speak so.

nkvaidya2001@hotmail.com, Hungary - 18 September, 2005

do u trust the press?

Before believing all this, do you trust the reporting? It is not uncommon for misreporting to takeplace or comments to be taken out of context. Please check the original interview or as the presidents press office before accepting it as the gospel.This is the resposibilty of the jounist who passed on this to the papers here.Also PakTribune should have done this.Why not do it now and publish the results?

m.iqbal, Pakistan - 08 July, 2006

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