HAFIZABAD, Pakistan -- "If you put a drop of piss in a gallon of milk, the whole thing gets ruined. That is what she has done -- destroyed everything." Those were the words spoken by a father in a desperate attempt to justify pulling the trigger on his teenage daughter, the young woman featured in our film "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness." In the name of preserving family "honor," women across the world are shot, burned, strangled or stoned to death in shocking numbers.
It's a more important war than the one against terrorism being fought so desperately in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It's a more pressing issue than whether or not Pakistan and India will enter into a nuclear race, or whether Pakistan's nuclear bombs can be kept secure. It is the major issue in the region, which, if left unresolved, will result in greater instability throughout the region.