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A familiar question. | N.S. Beranek

I’m watching Frontline, about a 13 year old girl in Pakistan who accuses four men of gang-raping her. The local leaders expected her family to kill her, but instead they fled their home, left everything behind, and are supporting her claim and seeking justice through the courts.

Her attorney just said that in Pakistan there is no such thing as the police collecting forensic evidence or securing a crime scene, no way to prove guilt or innocence. Because of this, the attorney says, before he agrees to represent a client he asks himself “Why would this girl lie? In a traditionalist society? She will be an outcast. She will never get married. She’s destined to be killed by someone from her own family, because she’s impure now. So why will this girl lie? She must have a very strong motive, or she must be mad.”