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Pakistan gang rape victim Mukhtar Mai gives birth to baby boy

Mai, now 40, was gang raped in June 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment after her younger brother was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan

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  • Published: 21:55 December 5, 2011

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  • Pakistani woman Mukhtar Mai smiles next to her new born baby boy at a hospital in Multan on December 5, 2011. Pakistani gang rape victim Mukhtar Mai who gained prominence for her outspoken stance on the oppression of women has given birth to a baby boy, her husband and hospital officials said. Mai, now 40, was gang raped in June 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment after her younger brother was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan.
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Multan: A gang rape victim who gained prominence for her outspoken stance on the oppression of women has given birth to a baby boy, her husband and hospital officials said yesterday.

Mukhtar Mai delivered the baby by Caesarian section two weeks prematurely in the central city of Multan, they added.

Mai, now 40, was gang raped in June 2002 on the orders of a village council as punishment after her younger brother was accused of having illicit relations with a woman from a rival clan.

The boy was just 12 years old at the time of the incident in Meerwala town in central Multan district, some 360 km southwest of the capital Islamabad.

Mai in March 2009 married police constable Nasir Abbas Gabol, who has five children from a previous marriage. “It is a good news for both of us, I feel happy like any father and I thank Allah that Mai is OK,” he said.

The baby, which is Mai’s first, was born around 4:30pm on Sunday at the private clinic of Doctor Naseem Akhtar Malik, staff nurse Asma Bibi said.

“The baby weighed 3.8 kg, both mother and child are OK,” she said.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 18:54 December 6, 2011

    The man who married Mai is to be saluted for his decision to marry and support the lady. May God bless the family.

    Nickle, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:45 December 6, 2011

    Yeah it's the headline of this news of the great Mrs. Mukhtara Mai is absolutely wrong and is giving a very wrong and shamful impression to all of us. Kindly correct the headline as soon as possible and Gulf News a well popular and well reputed news paper agency must appologize and should not repeat mistakes like these. Thanks & regards, Ali Naqvi

    Ali, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:04 December 6, 2011

    I think she is also taking part in humantarian activities for increased awareness and stress for education for women. She can also be called a social worker instead of a gang rape victim. I request newspapers to take more positive notes from a person's life rather than reminding him/her the worst nightmares of life.

    Hasnain Imtiaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:03 December 6, 2011

    An unfortunate incident happened in her life in 2002. But still she was addressed as a rape victim. This is a social stigma. We should stop addressing her as a victim

    MAYA, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:11 December 6, 2011

    The headline is wrong.... it seems like she gave a birth to a child due to rape! please correct it.

    Mohammad, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:05 December 6, 2011

    May Allah bless you and protect you and your baby. You are the bravest woman and pride of Saraiki Waseb. Carry on with your noble mission of emancipation of women folk of Saraiki Waseb. Educate them and enlighten them.

    Sajawal, Multan, Pakistan

  7. Added 14:52 December 6, 2011

    It was great to know one innocent lady had come out from such an awful experience. May God bless her and her family.

    Sivakumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:18 December 6, 2011

    Congrats to Mai & her family God is with you. Now newspapers should stop highlighting her as gang rape victim. Think before you caption such news..... its a request not a advice.

    Pradeep, Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:19 December 6, 2011

    I am very happy for her may ALLAH (SAW) shower the whole family with blessing. As for Mukhtar Mai we all know that how strong her personality is. We need more like Mukhtar Mai in this world.

    K Sohail, Doha, Qatar

  10. Added 13:15 December 6, 2011

    Congrats to Mai & her family. Now newspapers should stop introducing her as gang rape victim. Else she can be introduced as social worker as working presently.

    Nazam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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