Zoha says everything. her voice is clear & informed on this issue. It saddens me that any woman needs to say all this, that the promise of change seems so remote. Please read this, it is important.


On 5th January, 2018, in Kasur, Pakistan, a missing-persons FIR was filed for Zainab by her paternal uncle, a day after she had gone missing. She had been living with her maternal aunt while her parents were away on Umrah in Saudi Arabia and had left for a madrassah in the Road Kot area near her house on 4th Jan. Footage was soon received by the family that depicted her walking with a stranger near Peerowala Road.

On 8th January, the police recovered her body from where it had been left in a rubbish heap (different articles state differentlocations). An autopsy report showed she had been killed two to three days earlier, sexually assaulted, tortured and strangled to death, the details of which are still being investigated. The body was buried on Wednesday when the parents returned, the funeral prayers led by Pakistani Awami Tehreek’s chief, Tahirul Qadri

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Posted by:danielpaulmarshall

After living in Korea for shy a decade, I find myself back in England, penalized for my turned back, awaiting a move to Exeter, where I will study an MA in English, with focus on environmental studies. These days I am reading inveterately, owing to my no longer living without the means to buy books & books & books. My reading interest lie in contemporary philosophy, ecology, ecological philosophy, object orientated ontology & speculative realism. These ideas are leaching into my poetry & essays.

3 thoughts on “Zainab and the Hierarchy of Rape Culture

  1. Thank you for introducing me to this amazing writer Daniel. How sad her topic, how perwerfully she writes on it.

    1. i first read her poems which were published, i think, it was Hermeneutics Chaos, she is just one of those rare poets who has the life experience & the turn of phrase to cast a searching, raw & strong eye & voice into her subject matter. Glad to bring her work to the fore.

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