18 May Pakistani Rape Victim Comes to US to Speak Out for Women’s Rights (wnyc.org)
New York, NY —
Five years ago, in a village in Pakistan, an event took place that would eventually make news around the world. A tribal council decreed that a woman named Mukhtaran Mai had to be raped multiple times. The sentence was carried out, but instead of staying quiet, she sought justice, and today, she’s an international symbol of women’s rights who takes her message around the world. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more.
REPORTER: It’s a lavish event at a large party space in the West Village, featuring an open bar, silent auction and a performance by a Bollywood dance troupe. The networking is intense. And then Mukhtaran Mai takes the stage.
MUKHTAR: [Speaks in Urdu]
REPORTER: Her remarks are brief. She gives thanks in Urdu to the audience and the organizers, Sakhi for South Asian women, a local domestic violence group. And then she makes a plea for women’s solidarity around the world…”