Pakistani court asked to review rape acquittals
ISLAMABAD – A lawyer for a Pakistani woman whose rape case gained international attention has asked the country's Supreme Court to review its decision to acquit all but one of the suspects.
Mukhtar Mai was allegedly assaulted in 2002 after a tribal council in her village ordered her raped as punishment for her young brother's suspected affair with a woman of a higher caste.
Fourteen men originally were accused, but courts over the years have acquitted 13. The Supreme Court last month upheld the acquittals.
Mai's attorney, Aitzaz Ahsan, says the petition filed Thursday points out flaws in the court's ruling.
Rights activists have criticized the court's treatment of Mai, who has said she fears the freed men will now come after her.