“Outlawed in Pakistan”

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann discuss their Frontline documentary “Outlawed in Pakistan,” about a 13-year-old Pakistani girl who accused four men of gang rape, risking her reputation, her education, and even her life. In Pakistan, women and girls who allege rape are often more strongly condemned than their alleged rapists. The film shines a light on Pakistan's flawed justice system—and find that those rare rape cases that do make it to court are often fraught with complications, from police non-cooperation to a systemic lack of forensic evidence. “Outlawed in Pakistan” airs Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 10 p.m. on PBS.


Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann

Comments [6]

Margarita Aguilar

This documentary was a call to action. I was appalled, outraged and horrified! I am compelled to start a petition to send to the US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson demanding that this case and that of other women be tried under legitimate courts. This is injustice and rampant violation of human and civil rights right under the world's noses. Shame on Pakistan and the judges and politicians that are corrupt and allow such criminality to fester. The world is watching.

May. 29 2013 04:23 PM

This was a very powerful documentary. The truth is there are several hundred thousand rapes that go unreported/un prosecuted for exactly the same reasons depicted in the documentary -fear for life, family protection etcetera.. Although its high time something is done about it, I doubt anything ever's just not high enough on the agenda of human rights commission in Pk.

May. 29 2013 08:06 AM

Funny, we don't hear much about this type of thing from the likes of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!, do we?

(Try this Google search: '"honor killing"')

May. 29 2013 03:32 AM
Dee from NYNY

Those girls sounded like they were doing a high school paper. Ya, Ya, Ya, like valley girls. How can you take this seriously if the women who are representing a very important issue can barely speak in grown up english.

May. 28 2013 01:01 PM
john from office

Being a woman in these societies is a nightmare.

These men were raised by a woman, why are they so heartless??

May. 28 2013 12:51 PM
Amy from Manhattan

How effective is the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan able to be?

May. 28 2013 12:46 PM

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