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Gang rape victim gives birth

2011-12-05 11:06

Multan - A Pakistani gang rape victim who gained prominence for her outspoken stance on the oppression of women has given birth to a baby boy, her husband and hospital officials said on Monday.

Mukhtar Mai delivered the baby by Caesarean section two weeks prematurely in the central city of Multan, they added.

Mai, now 40, was gang raped in June 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment after her younger brother was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan.

The boy was just 12 years old at the time of the incident in Meerwala town in central Multan district, some 360km southwest of the capital Islamabad.

Mai in March 2009 married police constable Nasir Abbas Gabol, who has five children from a previous marriage.

Complicated

"It is a good news for both of us, I feel happy like any father and I thank Allah that Mai is okay," he said.

The baby, which is Mai's first, was born around 16:30 on Sunday at the private clinic of Doctor Naseem Akhtar Malik, staff nurse Asma Bibi said.

"The baby weighed 3.8kg, both mother and child are okay," she said. The case was complicated because Mai has from hepatitis B, she said.

Gabol, 33, said the baby had not been named. "We will select a name with the consent of our elders when we go back to our village Meeranwala," he said.

Mai won fame in the West as the cause celebre of oppressed women after her rape and subsequent fight for justice.

An anti-terror court previously sentenced six men to death for her rape, but the top court in Punjab province acquitted five of them in March 2005, and commuted the sentence for the main accused, Abdul Khaliq, to life imprisonment.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court decided to uphold the life sentence for Khaliq and release the five others.

Almost a thousand women were raped in Pakistan during 2010 while more than 2 000 were abducted and almost 1 500 murdered, according to the Aurat Foundation, an organisation working for the protection of women in the country.

A further 500 were the victims of "honour killings", murdered by relatives and fellow tribesmen who believe they had affairs.

Comments
  • MoAfrika - 2011-12-05 11:40

    what on earth is this???

  • claudevn - 2011-12-05 11:43

    Sad yes, but regardless... its unthinkable that we have such monsters living umong us... no matater where in the world... Tell you one thing... amputation would be the best result! Cant even begin to imagine how this woman must feel giving birth to a child from a bloody rapist!! Its sickening... thats all...

      Janette - 2011-12-05 12:39

      her baby was not from the Rape which happened in 2002, the father is her husbaand

      Jerolan - 2011-12-05 12:55

      read the article again. Besides, who stays pregnant for 9 years numbnut

  • Jozan - 2011-12-05 13:08

    Am I the only one who sees the happy ending to her tragic story? This woman went through a terrible ordeal, but is now happily married and just had her first child with her husband. Shouldn't the comments be about constable Nasir Abbas Gabol dispelling the stereotype rather than a cheap opportunity to knock a religion?

      Ivan - 2011-12-05 16:36

      While I agree with you as to dispelling the sterotype and Kudos to the good consdtable, one can't but wonder at the barbarism meted out on a daily basis by fanatical followers of Islam. That religion really needs to move out of the 14th century and get over it's treatment of women.

  • mundu.olewega - 2011-12-05 18:40

    Nice people, those Pakkies.

      Yar - 2011-12-17 20:00

      Really lovely bunch. Should be shot with a ball of their own sh1t!

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