Famed Pakistani gang-rape victim gets married Won over by her ‘extreme courage,’ husband threatened suicide if rejected
MULTAN, Pakistan – A Pakistani gang-rape victim who shunned custom and rose to global fame by speaking out about her case has defied another local taboo – she just got married.
Mukhtar Mai is now the second wife of Nasir Abbas Gabol, a police officer who was assigned to protect her as her case gained notoriety. He said she was reluctant to accept his offer and that he threatened suicide when she turned him down.
Mai was gang raped at the order of a tribal council in the eastern province of Punjab in 2002 to punish her family for her brother’s alleged affair with a woman from a higher-caste family. There were also allegations that the boy had been molested by members of the other family, and that the accusations of the affair were used to cover up the crime.
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