Government Ignores Rape of Minority Girl in Pakistan

05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In late February, Kasthuri Kolhi, a 17-year-old from rural Pakistan, was allegedly raped by a local political leader and three of his associates.

Protesters claim that authorities ignored the crime because Kolhi is a poor, Hindu minority, belonging to the Dalit group, a 'low caste.'

The crime against the girl, who is a resident of village Mokryo, Taluka Nagarparker, district Tharparker, was allegedly perpetrated on January 24 by a local Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, Ramzan Khoso, and his associates, Habibullah Khoso, Ghulam Nabi Khoso, and Veero Maharaj.

Kolhi's parents, local villagers and activists from groups including the Dalit Solidarity Network have asserted that medical authorities, government officials and the media are complicit in protecting the assailants.