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Pakistan Rape Victim Fears for Her Safety After Attackers' Release


The victim of a notorious gang-rape in Pakistan says she is worried for her safety, after authorities in Dera Ghazi Khan released on bail four of the six men convicted of the crime.

Mukhtaran Mai, 33, says she is scared, despite the fact that local authorities have posted officers to guard her house. Her case has stirred legal and social controversy.

An anti-terrorism court sentenced the six men to death in 2002. But a high court in Multan city earlier this month acquitted five of the six for lack of evidence. Last week, the Federal Shariat Court, Pakistan's highest Islamic tribunal, threw out that judgment, saying the Multan court had no jurisdiction.

On Monday, the Supreme Court in Islamabad suspended the rulings of both courts and said it would hear the case itself.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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