Karachi: The gang rape survivor and women’s right activist Mukhtaran Mai walked the ramp at Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi. The fashion event ended today.
Designer Rozina Munib chose the rape survivor as her show stopper to highlight her courage and velar in difficult times.
According to media reports on the last day, designers dedicated their work to the women empowerment, courage and their resilience in hard times.
Furthermore, on the last day the designs revolved around wedding dresses in place of formal attires. The approach was adopted mainly due to coming season of weddings.
Desginer Nauman Afreen spread the message of peace through his clothing as children wore his collection on the ramp.
Number of famous artists including Faisal Qureshi, Mohsin Abbas, Sarwat Gillani and Marwa Hocane participated in the fashion week.
Mukhtaran Mai is a Pakistani woman from the village of Meerwala, in the rural tehsil of Jatoi. In June 2002, Mukhtaran Mai was the survivor of a gang rape as a form of honour revenge, on the orders of a tribal council of the local Mastoi Baloch clan that was richer and more powerful as opposed to her Tatla clan in that region.
Although custom would expect her to commit suicide after being raped, Mukhtaran spoke up, and pursued the case, which was picked up by both domestic and international media. On 1 September 2002, an anti-terrorism court sentenced 6 men (including the 4 rapists) to death for rape. In 2005, the Lahore High Court cited “insufficient evidence” and acquitted 5 of the 6 convicted, and commuted the punishment for the sixth man to a life sentence. Mukhtaran and the government appealed this decision, and the Supreme Court suspended the acquittal and held appeal hearings. In 2011, the Supreme Court too acquitted the accused.