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In the Name of Honour Paperback – 1 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd; 1st edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844084094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844084838
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'No woman in the world fights with as much courage for women's rights' New York Times

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Recipient of American Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year award for 2005, Mukhtar Mai built two schools in her village with her compensation money - the Mukhtar Mai School for Girls and the Farid Gujjar School for Boys. At 33, she is an eager pupil in h

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader VINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2007
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Like most people, I was aware of the media buzz surrounding the case of the gang rape of Pakistani, Mukhtar Mai. What I realise I had failed to grasp at that time, was the sheer scale of the problem of 'honour' punishments - rape, murder, or disfigurement of innocent women.

In the case of Mukhtar Mai, her 'punishment' was for a supposed indiscretion on the part of her 12 year old brother. In fact that misdemenour was fabricated as an excuse for the powerful family of the village to exact retribution regarding a land issue.

It would be expected for the victim to then commit suicide from shame and so the guilty parties walk free. MM, however, fought for justice, not just for herself but for all women.

When she received a sum of money as compensation, she decided to invest it in the education of the girls of her village and built a school that now educates 200 girls and 150 boys.

This is a lady worth great respect, her story is something we should all read and a cause we can all have great sympathy for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 18 Aug. 2008
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I'd never heard of Mukhtar Mai before I read this book so it was one soul destroying, mind blowing read of how this woman was treated for the sake of family honour in Pakistan. My stomach curls at what she had to endure and how she found the stenght to overcome against all odds. This book will stay with you long after it's finished and I salute her for moving past her pain to form a lasting school of legacy.
If you only read one book this year, this should be it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Mesrobian on 14 Oct. 2011
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This was a disappointing read because of the way this book was written.
The story was totally let down by the very basic way the story was written, the lack of setting the scene, no clear beginning and abrupt end with a strange and unconnected political statement.
The story is very sad, shocking, that's true but there could have been a much better to capture it.
The start is missing proper scene setting, a more comprehensive description of MM's character so that the reader can get to know her a bit more before the sad day when her life changes for ever. There is no character build up of the other members of her family, like her father, mother and her little brother. We have no idea what she was doing before, except that she was teaching the Koran. The rape scene itself is told half heartedly almost making it an irrelevant incident. The reader wants to know how was she feeling before, how scared she was, what did she feel....
When I received the book, I was really surprised how thin it was, now I understand that it was written in a hurry!
I can understand that MM is a simple peasant women who didn't know how to write and read, but the author could!!!
The author should have spent more time and asked more questions...

The beginning and the end is almost mixed up and the middle unconnected bits, with constant jumping around with little stories, completely amateur...

Sadly a lost opportunity......
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Mullins on 13 July 2007
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One of the most amazing true stories i have read in a long time.

A true story of how a brave woman has/is bravely battling her culture's injustice againt women and there rights. Her battle to see justice for her appaling rape.

Very insparational and quick and easy book to read which you can't put down (i read it in a day). I still find it hard to believe this sort of treatment goes on in this day. Amazing
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Limarki on 13 Sept. 2007
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A very good account of a womans disgraceful gang rape in the name of 'honour'. I felt saddened by the fact that in this day and age people can really believe that this type of 'justice' can really be the answer to solving so called inter tribal feuds. I am at a loss to understand, how we in the West have ingrained upon us, the importance of tolerance and respect for different classes and caste, and yet, in Pakistan there is a distinct lack of tolerance for each other. And find it necessary to keep it hushed up, instead of outlawing the practice to start with.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gobby on 10 Jun. 2008
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This is a story that needed to be told. All credit and admiration to Mukhtar Mai for her bravery and perseverance in the hard fight against injustice. God bless her for pioneering the fight against the stone-age mistreatment of women in Pakistan.

This woman is a true hero because she is putting herself in the line of fire by speaking out against sanctioned abuse of women in the name of honour. Some in Pakistan worry that her speaking out brings a bad name to the country. It seems that Pakistan's reputation is blemished because more people are not speaking out against the dishonourable treatment of women, which occurs with alarming regularity (hopefully less so because of this lady, though).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kisseih on 30 April 2007
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In Pakistan, according to this book and I quote "every hour a woman is assaulted, beaten, burned with acid or killed". They can be gang-raped just to settle financial scores. This book is certainly an eye-opener but is not particularly well-written although Mukhtar is illiterate and her words were translated. Apparently Pakistani men like to keep their women uneducated so they have absolute power over them. Mukhtar is so brave - although I would not be surprised if she suddenly 'disappeared' one day - she already has to live with protection and she probably only got that because her plight of being gang-raped came to the world's attention.
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