"They told me to be quiet and not to tell anybody because it would ruin my reputation," Dr. Shazia remembers. One official warned that if she reported the crime [of rape], she could be arrested.
That was a genuine risk. Under Pakistan's hudood laws, a woman who reports that she has been raped is liable to be arrested for adultery or fornication - since she admits to sex outside of marriage - unless she can provide four male eyewitnesses to the rape. . .
"When I treat rape victims, I tell the girls not to go to the police," Dr. Shershah Syed, a prominent gynecologist in Karachi, told me. "Because if she goes to the police, the police will rape her."
Rape victims are punished in Muslim countries. For example, in Saudi Arabia women who've been raped are punished by lashings. In Iran if a married woman cannot prove that she was indeed raped, then the charge of adultery is levied on her. The punishment for which is death by stoning.
Their is this sick mentality in large parts of the Muslim world: women are largely, some say completely, responsible for their and their family's honor. That honor is violated when they're raped. Hence, they deserve harsh, and sometimes deadly, punishment to cleanse the dishonor.