A while back, a local Pakistani tribal council ordered the gang rape of a young woman, Muktar Mai, to punish her 12 year old brother for alegedly raping an older woman. It was later discovered that her brother was falsely accused (not that that matters for the injustice done to her). It turns out that the original rape her brother was falsely convicted of was actually committed by the same men who made up the tribal council that ordered that Ms Mai be gang raped. Human rights organizations report this kind of thing is fairly common in Pakistan (yet another example for the anti-modern/post-modern left of how there is more to traditional cultures than quaint costumes and folk dancing).
The men behind the entire affair were eventually convicted by Pakistani government authorities amid international pressure to deal with the matter. However, last week those convictions were overturned by the Punjabi provincial government. By the way, Punjab is not on the border with Afghanistan so often claimed to be ungovernable. Punjab is in the heart of the "governable" part of Pakistan.
I'm wondering how what is going on in Pakistan is distinguishable from the ex-post justifications for invading Iraq (since no WMDs have been found). I'm also wondering how the neo-con ideology of spreading democracy isn't being consistently applied in the Pakistani case. I wonder if Pakistan would be so kindly regarded in Washington if the Bush administration itself were not indifferent to the point of malign neglect with regard to women's rights at home and abroad.
Anyone have anything to add? (dis) Agree with?
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 5:37 PM