Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/30/2009

Assiya Rafiq is my hero

Assiya Rafiq in front of her mother, Iqbal Mai

Assiya Rafiq in front of her mother, Iqbal Mai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assiya Rafiq of Pakistan was sold at 16 by a female family friend to two criminals who were related to prominent politicians. The men beat and raped her for the next year, until they handed Assiya along with $625 over to police as a bribe. Assiya’s kidnappers had earlier been implicated in a gold robbery and decided Assiya would be a good candidate to blame the crime on. 

Assiya was then beaten and raped by the four police officers, including a police chief, over the next two weeks. Reportedly, a female constable would leave in order to give the men continue their abuse in private.

Assiya’s family learned of Assiya’s whereabouts and attempted to get her back by bribing the bailiff, …

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