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Mukhtaran Mai wants to get married

The gang rape victim from Gujjar tribe gained international fame for her strong determination to fight back the Pakistani conservative society.

world Updated: Mar 10, 2007 18:00 IST

Pakistan gang rape victim Mukhtar Mai, who gained international fame for her strong determination to fight back the Pakistani conservative society in bringing her perpetrators of the crime on her, has appealed to her country’s media to stop asking uncomfortable questions about her past.

She said that contrary to her country’s press, the foreign press never indulged in rekindling her past.

Sharing a light moment with some women journalists, she said that she too wished to be married and have a family.

"I am a human being and at times get irritated by monotonous questions asking what happened. Abroad, the media is considerate and first takes permission about the questions they want to ask, and secondly, they do not rekindle my past", the Dawn quoted Mukhtar Mai as saying.

She added that she was more comfortable answering questions about her latest projects than her past.

Talking about International Women’s Day, she said she didn’t know about it even when she was invited to attend the programme. She added that in order to make law and order better, the law enforcement agencies must help victims and not harass them.

Mukhtar has established three schools in her area where 700 children are studying. "Many people don’t enrol their children in our school saying they do not think her schools are proper for their children especially girls," said Naseem, a close friend of Mukhtar Mai.

Interestingly, Mai who is uneducated also attends classes in her school and is in class fifth. She in fact signed a couple of her books too, on which she inscribed her name as Mukhtar Bibi. She has also established a shelter for destitute women where they are provided medical, legal and emotional support.