Mukhtar Mai marries

Mukhtar Mai married on Sunday last.

Makhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman, was raped in 2002 by four men to punish her for what they claimed was her 13-year-old brother’s alleged affair with a woman above his class.  Mai broke the silence on a system that allowed tribal elders in her village to order her gang-rape as a punishment. Her biography becoming a best-seller, US magazine Glamour named her Woman of the Year 2006.

In Pakistan, using rape to restore a family’s honour is not unusual. After her ordeal, she has opened a school and has launched a chain of women’s crisis centres in Pakistan. Mai launched a battle against the practice, and against oppression of women.

Mukhtar Mai signed the marriage contract on Sunday with a head constable in the Southern part of Punjab province, becoming his second wife. She had passed up several offers of marrieage in the past.

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