In the Name of Honor

In the Name of Honor

A Memoir

Book - 2006
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In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was gang raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi -- 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, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back. In doing so, Mai single-handedly changed the feminist movement in Pakistan, one of the world's most adverse climates for women.

By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of 8,500 U.S. dollars in compensation money and sentenced her attackers to death -- and Mukhtar Mai went on to open a school for girls so 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 Honor is the remarkable and inspirational memoir of a woman who fought and triumphed against exceptional odds.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781416532293
Characteristics: xvi, 172 p., [8] p. of plates :,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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