It is cases like this that reinforce for me the fact that rape has never been about lust but rather about a display of power and hate. I thank God this young lady lived through the ordeal and will possibly help with identifying her attackers.
The 13-year-old girl’s attackers tried to bury her in a roadside grave, but she managed to climb out. The rape was reported to police in the Toba Tek Singh by Siddique Mughal, the child’s father.
By Carol Kuruvilla / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Survivors of sexual abuse participate in a women’s rights rally in Pakistan.
A 13-year-old Pakistani girl was forced to dig herself out of her own grave after she was buried alive by her rapists.
The girl’s father, Siddique Mughal, said his child was abducted by two men while walking to Koran lessons in Punjab’s Toba Tek Singh district.
The attackers took the victim to an isolated area and raped her until she was limp and unable to move, PTI reports. Thinking they had killed her, the two men dropped her body into a shallow roadside grave and covered it up with dirt.
But she survived.
Kainat Soomro (R) is another Pakistani victim of rape. Although she was labeled an outcast by village elders when she spoke up in 2007, Soomro continues to rally other women against sexual violence.
The young girl clawed through the mud and yelled at passers-by until someone took her to a nearby health clinic.
Her distraught dad then went to the police seeking justice for his daughter. But the cops initially refused to investigate, IB Times reports.
It wasn’t until the Lahore High Court Chief Justice got involved that police started looking into the dad’s allegations. The cops were instructed to arrest the rapists and submit a report to the court as soon as possible.
Talking about rape is still taboo in many rural areas in Pakistan. But activists there are working to bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to light.
Kainat Soomro was just 13 years old when she was allegedly gang raped by four men. Tribal elders labeled her a “black virgin” for having sex outside of marriage. Six years after the attack, she is still encouraging other victimized women to speak out.