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.”