In the Name of Honor

In the Name of Honor

A Memoir

Book - 2006 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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In June 2002, journalists throughout the world began to hear of the gang rape of a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala. The rape was ordered by a local clan known as the Mastoi and was arranged as punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman's brother. While certainly not the first account of a female body being negotiated for honor in a family, and (sadly) not the last, journalists and activists were captivated. This time the survivor had chosen to fight back, and in doing so, single-handedly changed the feminist movement in Pakistan. Her name was Mukhtar Mai, and her decision to stand up to her accusers was an act of bravery unheard of in one of the world's most adverse climates for women.By July 2002, Mai's case was headline news in Pakistan and under international scrutiny, the government awarded her the equivalent of 8,500 U.S. dollars in compensation money (a historic settlement), and her attackers were sentenced to death. Mukhtar Mai went on to open a school for girls in an effort to ensure that future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy.In this rousing account, Mai describes her experience and how she has since become an agent for change and a beacon of hope for oppressed women around the world. Timely and topical,In the Name of Honoris the remarkable and inspirational memoir of a woman who fought and triumphed against exceptional odds.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416532286
Branch Call Number: BIO MAI MAI
Characteristics: xvi, 172 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cuny, Marie-Thérèse


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

In simple yet moving prose, Mukhtar tells of her brutal rape by four Pakistani men from her village, and her subsequent refusal to commit suicide as tribal custom demands. As her story becomes headline news around the world, Mukhtar courageously fights in court, receives help from other women and governments, and pursues her dream of opening up a school for the little girls and boys of her small village. She has turned a bitter time for herself into an inspiration for a better educated generation.

Apr 30, 2014

A short read at only 172 pages, but very inspiring. Mukhtar Mai used her tragedy as a legal triumph and used the proceeds and contributions from around the globe to build a girls and boys school.


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