Rape victim Kainat Soomro condemned to die in Pakistan

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WHEN she was gang-raped by four men at the age of 13, her village classed her as a "black virgin" and ordered her killed.


In the rural village of Dadu in southern Pakistan, tradition held that Kainat Soomro's own family should murder her, as her sexual assault had made her a token of disgrace.

Four years later, Kainat is alive and a documentary about her story is premiering on television in the US.

But that doesn't mean she or her family is safe.

As the film Outlawed in Pakistan shows, Kainat Soomro is still "destined to be killed" because she took the step – extraordinary in Pakistan – of fighting for justice.

The film is a testament to her family’s strength and endurance in a life which has only become more difficult the longer they have stood up against tradition.

The Soomros have faced isolation, fear and intimidation from the four men Kainat accused of raping her, and from the members of the small village who were afraid of challenging moral laws which have been in existence for centuries.

By virtue of making the rape accusation, Kainat is an outlaw in her own country.

The film, which was selected for screening in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, retells the story of the young girl’s attack while walking home from school down a narrow village street by a shop where Kainat says the owner, Shaban Saikh, and three other men including a father and son held her down and sexually assaulted her.

Written By: Candace Sutton
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    • In reply to #1 by alf1200:

      I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m pissed again.

      “These animals” are not the average population, fortunately! This stuff happens in America too for different reasons.

      • When have we had victims of rape killed by their own family because they “dishonored:”?

        In reply to #3 by moonflower:

        In reply to #1 by alf1200:

        I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m pissed again.

        “These animals” are not the average population, fortunately! This stuff happens in America too for differe…

        • In reply to #4 by alf1200:

          When have we had victims of rape killed by their own family because they “dishonored:”?

          In reply to #3 by moonflower:

          In reply to #1 by alf1200:

          I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m p…

          Not for rape necessarily, but certainly for being “dishonored”.

          USA:

          http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,391531,00.html

          USA neighbors:

          http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/12/02/f-honour-killings.html

        • Agreed. Indeed, where else would the attackers be allowed to not only go free, but are still able to taunt the victim and her family? But in a society that allows men to be men and women are cattle what can we expect?In reply to #4 by alf1200:

          When have we had victims of rape killed by their own family because they “dishonored:”?

          In reply to #3 by moonflower:

          In reply to #1 by alf1200:

          I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m p…

      • In reply to #3 by moonflower:

        In reply to #1 by alf1200:

        I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m pissed again.

        “These animals” are not the average population, fortunately! This stuff happens in America too for differe…

        Come on, moonflower. Every country and culture has its extremists and fanatics and vicious, violent women-haters. But Pakistan has more than the west. Way more. Even in the most ignorant backwater in the American south, or in the crappiest cow-hamlet of western Europe, no village murders its rape victims.

      • In reply to #3 by moonflower:

        In reply to #1 by alf1200:

        I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m pissed again.

        “These animals” are not the average population, fortunately! This stuff happens in America too for differe…

        I seriously doubt it. Disgusting misogyny exists for sure- but find me some evidence that there are many small groups of people in the USA who uniformly call for young (or ANY!) victims of rape to be murdered- BY THEIR FAMILY!

        So the definition of “this stuff” would have to be so wide as to make a mockery of women abused in the extremely backward cultures still going strong on this planet.

      • In reply to #3 by moonflower:

        In reply to #1 by alf1200:

        I don’t know why these animals are our allies. How about some human rights monitors before the US sends one more cent in aid to these troglodites. I’m pissed again.

        “These animals” are not the average population, fortunately! This stuff happens in America too for differe…

        Say what?! This girl is an “outlaw” in her own country. When and how would this be possible in the US? When and where did a community with the blessing of the country commit a gang rape and have the US blame the underaged girl? This film is outlawed in Pakistan; would it be outlawed in the US or would free speech prevail?

  1. Then Abraham said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten righteous men can be found there?”

    He answered, “For the sake of ten, I would not destroy Sodom.” –Genesis 18:32 (Paraphrased)

    If Dadu’s culture is such to let this happen, I would not be so generous, but then again, I doubt I could find ten righteous men.

  2. The backward regions of such islamic strongholds as Pakistan seem to have no depths to stoop in which to inflict the so called teachings literally at the expense of innocent children.

  3. “the small village who were afraid of challenging moral laws which have been in existence for centuries”

    No, no, no, a thousand times NO. That’s an AMORAL law.

    I’ll also say: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    And finally: Pakistan has only existed since 1947 so even if the law existed before that, the version of it you’re using is less than 70 years old

  4. Please don’t refer to those who inflict such horror on others as “animals.” Surely there must be more appropriate terminology for those humans who have surrendered their ability to reason and instead follow ancient barbaric teachings, upholding nonsensical and unjustified cruelty? Oh yeah, I know at least one better word: religious.

    • In reply to #17 by sherlock12:

      Please don’t refer to those who inflict such horror on others as “animals.” Surely there must be more appropriate terminology for those humans who have surrendered their ability to reason and instead follow ancient barbaric teachings, upholding nonsensical and unjustified cruelty? Oh yeah, I know…

      How about religious animals? Just to be pedantic- humans are animals.

    • I would like to take the opportunity to apoligize to any animals that may be offended by my comments. These “trogladites” should be a better term.

      I would like to apoligize to all the troglidites that may be reading.

      In reply to #17 by sherlock12:

      Please don’t refer to those who inflict such horror on others as “animals.” Surely there must be more appropriate terminology for those humans who have surrendered their ability to reason and instead follow ancient barbaric teachings, upholding nonsensical and unjustified cruelty? Oh yeah, I know…

      • In reply to #45 by alf1200:

        I would like to take the opportunity to apoligize to any animals that may be offended by my comments. These “trogladites” should be a better term.

        I would like to apoligize to all the troglidites that may be reading.

        In reply to #17 by sherlock12:

        Please don’t refer to those who inflict such horr…

        No no, the trogodites are entirely undeserving of any sympathy. It’s the troglodytes you should apologise to. They’re very offended. Well, my pet wren (troglodytes troglodytes) assures me that she is. Very.

  5. Its really pathetic. This kind of incident should not happen as we are now citizen of 21st century. We should not only upgrade our surroundings, we should also upgrade our moral values.


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  6. This article is a good explanatory primer on the reasons why the ‘hudood ordinances’ of sharia have led to the incarceration of thousands of innocent rape victims in Pakistan since the law was islamised by Zia Ul-Haq in 1979.

    Muhammad, the perfect man, was an incompetent law-maker, but the clerics won’t admit it. They say that any faults in the application of the law lie with the judges and lawyers.

    And now we see that the beardy barbarian Council of Islamic Ideology have refused to ameliorate any of this blatant injustice with available DNA evidence. Just to show how much they care.

    Perhaps the beardy creeps could tell us how many rape victims in the last 1400 years have managed to prove their innocence with the aid of four upstanding male witnesses, as the law requires?

    My guess would be; somewhere around zero, to hardly any.

  7. What was this girl supposed to go to fight off four men? If her family would not protect her, who was she supposed to count on. What do people in India think of this? How do they justify it?

    This strikes me as so utterly wrong and unfair. I would like to see the culture that sustains this exterminated.

    • In reply to #22 by Roedy:

      What was this girl supposed to go to fight off four men?

      No; you misunderstand. She was supposed to find four upstanding men to stand there and witness the rape. <

      Honestly, the cynical lobe of my brain asks if it wouldn’t be better to be dead in a situation like this.

      Steve

      • In reply to #24 by Agrajag:

        In reply to #22 by Roedy:

        What was this girl supposed to go to fight off four men?

        No; you misunderstand. She was supposed to find four upstanding men to stand there and witness the rape. <

        Actually, Steve, Roedy’s question still stands, as she was gang-raped at the age of 13 by four men. Where indeed could she go, and what could she do to resist those odds at her age?

        As I just found out, the requirement for 4 male witnesses to prove the act of rape, has been dropped since 2006. And yet Kainat is still being punished and her family disgraced.

        Monkeys could have evolved a better legal system than this.

        • In reply to #28 by inquisador:

          … Monkeys could have evolved a better legal system than this.

          In every country in Europe monkeys did evolve a better legal system, only a system directly created by a priesthood could be that unjust, yet another way in which evolution is superior to creationism

  8. I think it was somewhere in an Hitchens article that I read the line “the raped victims are tortured before they are murdered.” Needs a second or two of pause to realize the beastliness involved and how apposite it seems now.

  9. Although the Koran’s statements in this area are abhorrent (see http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/Rape_in_Islam ), at least it does not teach a death penalty for the victim. But The Koran honors Moses who is supposed to have written this:

    If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not …
    (Deuteronomy 22:23-24)

    I am thinking we should abolish the practice of swearing on the Bible (or Koran etc) in court, since these ‘holy books’ try to justify all sorts of primitive evil attitudes, which obviously conflict with enlightened justice.

  10. “and from the members of the small village who were afraid of challenging moral laws which have been in existence for centuries”

    What part of this is moral? Why is it moral to kill someone who was raped? Why is it moral to think that someone who is raped should be “disgraced”?

  11. Justine, Why do you think that all ignorance is located in south. We in south would never tolerate this action taken against this young lady. If anything you would have to protect the rapist from her family. Keep your southern bias to yourself.
    ROLL DAMN TIDE!

  12. This touches upon the woman as property of her father (or brother, if the father is absent). But it appears it is not the woman who has value to him. Only her genitals. Once they are tainted by someone not approved by the owner (him), regardless of the circumstances, she becomes worthless, a liability rather than an asset. Therefore, disposable.

    Pussy as male property. Makes me physically ill.

  13. An innocent women who is actually a child, The multiple injustice is ignorant, backward and very primitive.
    Thank Science for the power of the world internet media to report such cases who knows how many are not reported…millions ! and “The West” will – if not some decent people in Pakistan, come to the aid of the girl and her family I hope she does get the justice she deserves……The Afghan girl who was shot in the face by the taliban for daring to go to school, she is recovering well here in the UK and she said she would use all the donated money from kind people to provide schooling for girls in Afghanistan, now thats true justice and inspires the very victims themselves that they can stand up against any injustice…..What brave young girls….

  14. I’m sick of that argument, Virgin Mary.

    The fact is that islam (like orthodox judaism) is an ideology with ‘rules’ intended to control every aspect of life and society, from the minutiae of religious observance, through banking and slavery, to what hand one can wipe one’s arse with. In muslim societies — as to a much lesser extent in christian ones at an earlier stage of European history — religious law theoretically takes priority over local laws and customs. Islam has had twelve centuries to stamp out such ‘customs’ in Pakistan, if they were contrary to the Qu’ran — or if it really wanted to. The fact that customs like this one still exist implies that the men who make the decisions find them useful.

  15. I’m sick of that argument, Virgin Mary.

    The fact is that islam (like orthodox judaism) is an ideology with ‘rules’ intended to control every aspect of life and society, from the minutiae of religious observance, through banking and slavery, to what hand one can wipe one’s arse with. In muslim societies — as to a much lesser extent in christian ones at an earlier stage of European history — religious law theoretically takes priority over local laws and customs. Islam has had twelve centuries to stamp out such ‘customs’ in India / Pakistan, if they were contrary to the Qu’ran — or if it really wanted to. The fact that customs like this one still exist implies that the men who make the decisions find them useful.

  16. Ooops, sorry for the duplicate post.

    In fact, islam finds some customs so useful that it has institutionalized them, incorporating them as yet another prop to the ‘law.’ Circumcision is not mandated in the Qu’ran either — it is sunnah, custom — but that didn’t stop a group of muslim fundamentalists from forcibly circumcising over a hundred christian women and men, including grandmothers and children, in Aceh in 2001.

  17. Bananas for Everyone

    Your first link is about immigrants from Pakistan in the US.

    Your second link is about immigrants from Afghanistan in Canada – not the US.

    Show us evidence in which a rape victim was “outlawed” by the US. Show us a rape case in which the country suppressed free speech. Show us a rape case in which the entire community of citizens – not just transplants from another culture supported a murder of a teen rape victim.

    Sometimes one culture has more bananas than everyone else.

  18. Seeing that in Pakistan men who rape a woman or (in this case) child must be aware that by custom she will be killed, would not rape be tantamount to (attempted) murder? And would that not be the case whenever rape is committed in that country?

    • In reply to #46 by GordonWillis:

      Seeing that in Pakistan men who rape a woman or (in this case) child must be aware that by custom she will be killed, would not rape be tantamount to (attempted) murder? And would that not be the case whenever rape is committed in that country?

      Irony Warning

      Since, according to their “holy book,” we are only worth half a man in courst cases, or only deserve to inherit half as much as our brothers, it would only be “half-murder.”

  19. @Sally #48

    True, true. Should have remembered, I suppose. Hard to get one’s head round it, isn’t it? Someone attacks your daughter, so she is a criminal. The ones who premeditate and commit the crime are innocent. If they threaten you and the rest of your family, they’re still innocent. If they go on to murder your son, they’re still innocent. No, I know it’s obvious to them. Is this what happens if you believe people fly on magic horses and talk to angels or are both behaviours symptoms of the same insanity?

  20. ‘her sexual assault had made her a token of disgrace’… so the vile creatures who raped her are not disgraceful? Makes perfect sense. I hope her story helps inspire other women in Pakistan to fight against such horrendous injustices.

    • In reply to #50 by Sam1989:

      ‘her sexual assault had made her a token of disgrace’… so the vile creatures who raped her are not disgraceful? Makes perfect sense. I hope her story helps inspire other women in Pakistan to fight against such horrendous injustices.

      warning: irony

      “No, of course they’re not disgraceful. They couldn’t help themselves … just like those sweet young footballers in Steubenville.”

  21. The men who ganged raped Kainat were incarcerated for three years while the case was pending. They were finally released when a photo and marriage certificate between Kainat and one of the rapist was presented at trial. While The law in Pakistan recognizes legal marriage age of women at 16, Islamic law prevailed where marriage is recognized at age of puberty. During Kainat’s rape she was drugged, dressed-up and forced to marry the rapist. Her brother has since been murdered, presumed by the rapists leaving their immediate family in poverty and continued struggle for daily survival. Any time a person in any country has stood up for human rights and enforcement for positive change, they have sacrificed their own life in exchange for the hope of better conditions for others in the future. God bless Kainat, and her family, for their strength to fight this battle. With more worldwide coverage like this of such injustice, change will occur but never fast enough.

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