The Risks of Defending an “Outlaw”

May 28, 2013
/

Faisal Siddiqi knows the risks that come from representing alleged rape victims like Kainat Soomro, the focus of the FRONTLINE film Outlawed In Pakistan, in court.

“There is no two opinions about it,” he told the filmmakers. “If you do cases like this, you put the whole family in danger.”

So why do it? As Siddiqi explained in the above bonus scene from the film:

You constantly think about it — whether you’ve taken the morally right decision to put their lives in danger because of something you believe in. The other side is that you might have to live with the consequence of abandoning such a case … That will have an effect on not only your life, but the kind of person you become and then the kind of father you become to your children. Kainat is someone’s daughter. You have a daughter, so you abandon Kainat, will you abandon your daughter also?

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Support Provided By