Pakistani woman, jailed for being raped in Saudi Arabia, deported

[Source] Sixteen-year-old Isma Mahmood was deported to Pakistan last month after serving six months in shackles and handcuffs in a prison in . Her crime: being raped by a Saudi man.

“It’s difficult for me to talk about what happened to me, from rape to prison and from prison to deportation,” Isma said in the office of a rescue trust in Karachi where she sat with her sister Muna, 18, who was also deported.

Isma’s parents, originally from the central Pakistani city of Multan, were trafficked to Saudi Arabia around 20 years ago.

“I was the victim, I was raped and molested but I was named as the accused, and the man who committed the crime was not touched,” she said, hiding her face with both hands in shame…

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The unnamed man warned her that she would be imprisoned if she went to police, and said that the Saudi sponsor who brought her parents to the country through a Pakistani agent would have them all expelled.

“Once a jail official offered me help and assured me I would be released if I agreed to sleep with him …”

What can I say? Good people do good, and evil people do evil.

This happens all the time and it is disgusting. More people need to talk about women’s rights. We can’t just sit and listen to invaders in Iraq preaching for freedom in the region without start caring for women’s rights.

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