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Pakistan Government to Return Rape Victim's Passport

  • VOA News

A Pakistani woman, who was gang raped on the orders of a village council, says the government has promised to return her passport since a travel ban imposed on her has been lifted.

Mukhtaran Mai says Women's Development Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar telephoned her Tuesday to inform that the passport was being sent to her.

But Ms. Mai says she has no immediate plans to travel abroad, since Pakistan's Supreme Court is set to take up her case next week.

The government says Ms. Mai was barred from leaving the country to stop human rights groups from using her to damage Pakistan's reputation.

A village council ordered her gang raped in 2002 because of her brother's alleged affair with a tribal woman.

Twelve suspects who were arrested were later freed.
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