KARACHI, PAKISTAN — Kainat Soomro is a 17-year-old Pakistani girl who has become a local celebrity of sorts in her battle for justice in the Pakistani courts, a daring move for a woman of any age in this country, let alone a teenager.
She is fighting to get justice for a gang rape that she insists happened four years ago in Mehar, a small town in Pakistan.
she recalls the 2007 incident ”I was walking home from my school and I went to the store to buy a toy for my niece,” she said, staring at the floor of the office. “While I was looking at things a guy pressed a handkerchief on my nose. I fainted and was kidnapped. Then four men gang raped me.”
A chilling story which nearly brings tears to anything warm blooded human’s eye, but tribal elders declared her kari, (which literally means black female), for losing her virginity outside marriage. Which also means her family should kill her for not being pure.
In Pakistan, women and men who have illicit relationships or women who lose their virginity before marriage are at risk of paying with their lives. They call it honor killing. Well if you ask me there is no honor in this killing, is just murder.
But you have to admire this young girl’s courage to fight a system which has been there for generations, Her family has stood by her side all through out this ordeal and not willing to kill her. Now the whole family is in danger, several attempt has been made on their life so they relocated to a new apartment.
The plot get worst, as all the men involve in the rape has been release. My question to Pakistan is what century you guys are living in, you rather punish the victim than the rapist? I think they got the whole logic upside down.
What are your thoughts on this subject?!