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LAND, GOLD & WOMEN

March 5, 2006

As it has been for centuries, women who are raped in Pakistan are widely considered to have been shamed. Many commit suicide. Most remain silent. Those who do go to the police fear being raped again or even thrown in jail. Recently, however, Pakistani women are fighting back. They are confronting religious conservatives and a series of retrograde laws. They are confronting the police, the army and the Pakistan government. They are confronting an ancient tribal code in which a man is expected to fight to the death for what are considered possessions: "Zameen, Zar, Zen" - Land, gold… and women.

Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped on the orders of a tribal council in rural Punjab as a punishment for the actions of her brother. Initially, the local police didn’t pursue the case. It was only after international aid organizations protested that the police finally investigated and arrested the accused rapists. Four years later, Mukhtar Mai is still fighting her case in the Pakistan Supreme Court.

Dr. Shazia Khalid was raped in 2005 while working for the Pakistan Petroleum Company in a remote part of Pakistan. While company officials told Shazia to keep quiet, the accused rapist, a Captain in the Pakistani Army, was pronounced not guilty by the President of Pakistan himself. Eventually, the Pakistani government told Shazia she should leave Pakistan for her own safety. She and her husband were sent to London, England though they had pleaded to be sent to Canada, where they have relatives.

Protester being arrested in Lahore in 2005.

The documentary features interviews with Mukhtar Mai, Shazia Khalid, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, human rights advocate Asma Jahangir, and Pakistan government officials.

CREDITS
Correspondent: Terence McKenna
Producer: Michelle Gagnon
Consulting Producer: Nazim Baksh
Editor: Pierre Béliveau
Camera: Louis Deguise, Brian Kelly, Derek Kennedy
Research - Pakistan: Irshad Rao
Visual Research: Steve Nicholls



LINKS
Land, Gold and Women - The National, CBC TV

Pakistan President's comments: cry rape and go to Canada, are condemned - CBC News, 16 Sep 2005

Dr. Shazia Khalid
Indepth: Pakistan - CBC News Online | November 14, 2007 (Timeline and quick facts)

Dr. Shazia Khalid's web site

Asian American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights - US-based organisation campaigning for human rights in Pakistan. Sponsored a publicity tour in the US by Mukhtar Mai.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (non-governmental organisation)

Gen. Musharraf 's Lies - Washington Post editorial on whether President Musharraf said this in an interview:"You must understand the environment in Pakistan. This has become a money-making concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped." (October 1, 2005)

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NEWSWORLD BROADCAST TIMES:

Wednesday, July 19 at 11 PM ET
Thursday, July 20 at 2 AM ET

Sunday, March 5, 2006 at 8 PM ET
Monday, March 6 at 3 AM ET
Tuesday, March 7 at 4 AM ET
Thursday, March 9 at 10 PM ET
Friday, March 10 at 1 AM ET
Friday, March 10 at 4 AM ET
Saturday March 11 at 4 PM ET
Sunday, March 12 at 3 AM ET

Land, Gold and Women also aired on The National February 28 - March 1 in two parts.

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