Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rape Victim Wants Justice

KARACHI, PAKISTAN– Ghazala Shafiq speaks in urgent tones from her small apartment inside Trinity Church, where her husband is pastor to Karachi's Protestant community.

In April 2005, Shafiq was sexually assaulted when a gang of men barged into her office across the road from the church's grounds. Shafiq recognized her attackers – officials in the church community in cahoots with local police officials.

Yet, two years later, despite appealing to Pakistan's then prime minister Shaukat Aziz and after numerous police and intelligence investigations, justice has evaded her.

"You don't know what it's like to be violated like that," said Shafiq, her eyes filling with tears. "It's so humiliating. I hardly feel alive anymore, but I still want justice from my country."

Read it all here.  For background on the Bishop implicated, go here.

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