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A Rare Win For A Woman Stabbed By A Stalker In Pakistan

She spurned a friend's advances. He tried to kill her. She wanted to take him to court. But it's hard to prosecute crimes against women in Pakistan. Then she met a young lawyer with a plan.
Khadija Saddiqi, 22, stands outside her family home with an armed guard who was assigned to protect her by the wife of the chief minister of Punjab. Saddiqi won a case against a classmate who tried to stab her to death in May last year after she ignored his advances. Source: Diaa Hadid

Khadija Saddiqi is a soft-voiced, wispy woman. Her clothes and Muslim headscarf are rigorously modest. The only suggestion of her unusual boldness is the bodyguard who stands outside her home in Lahore.

The only evidence of why she might need a guard is the scar near Saddiqi's wrist.

As Saddiqi picked up her 7-year-old sister from school last year, a man lunged at her with a knife, stabbing her in her throat, arms, breasts and back.

"I thought it was the end of my life," says Saddiqi, 22.

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