A horror story: Woman in Pakistan paraded naked through village streets. What happened to the people of Pakistan?

Earlier this month police in Pakistan arrested several men for stripping a middle-aged woman naked and parading her in a village after one of the offenders accused her son of having illicit relations with his wife. The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool travelled to the north of the country – where the incident happened – to find out more about a case which has shocked most Pakistanis.

“That day, I had no idea anything was wrong,” says Shahnaz Bibi.

She had been at home in the village of Neelor Bala in northern Pakistan. Her husband was away in the city of Lahore where he worked as a driver.

She is clear and determined as she recounts details of her assault.

“The whole time I was asking myself why this curse had befallen me from nowhere. What had I done? I was begging them to stop.

“After a long time, they finally left me, pushing me and abusing me more. I ran to my house to put some clothes on.”…

“Before all this, I was poor but I had a respectable life, I was happy. But after something like this, my life is finished,” she weeps.

“How can I go back to a village where every single person has seen me naked? I feel ashamed even to show my face to my own brothers and sisters.”

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Categories: Pakistan, Women Rights

2 replies

  1. It is a grave crime; it is an inhuman and heinous act. The perpetrators seem not less than animals. What kind of hearts they hold in their chests! Still they call them the followers of my beloved Master, Muhammad, unlimited blessings of Allah be on him, who was the liberator of women, who showed great honour and dignity to women.

    It is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat who follows the true teachings of Islam and practices of our beloved Master. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, as moderate and the most dynamic denomination of Islam in modern history, immensely believes in respect for women, and continues to advocate for the equality, education, and empowerment of women.

    It is the Ahmadiyya Jamaat which is working day and night to re-establish the dignity of women, which was established by our master, Hadhrat Muhammad Mustafa saw.

    Find a report: http://ahmadiyyamalta.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/ahmadiyya-commemorated-international-women%E2%80%99s-day-centenary/

  2. This is too sad a situation. There is always a hype in the media at such incidents which is also humiliating for the victim. I wish it is followed by concrete steps and exemplary punishments.

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