When Rapists are Heroes

Another tragic story where a rape victim is nothing more than a worthless heap of flesh and her rapists are legendary and important.


A boy from a Pakistani tribal region was accused of a crime. In retribution, the local Council sentenced his sister to be gang raped. As though these rapists would be the heroes of justice.

As Nicholas Kristof wrote in the New York Times:

As members of the high status tribe danced in joy, four men stripped her naked and took turns raping her. Then they forced her to walk home naked in front of 300 villagers.

Her next duty was clear: commit suicide to rid herself and her family of the stigma of being raped.

But instead, she accused her attackers, propounding the shocking notion that shame lies in raping, rather than in being raped.

When I tell this story my students are shocked. Of course the shame lies in raping.

But right here in America too many think otherwise.

A bevy of reports have been telling the same story:…

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2 thoughts on “When Rapists are Heroes

  1. barbaric. tribal councils do not deserve and respect: the punishment is barbaric. I can’t belive this still happens. It muzst be a very backward community remote from a main city

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