Musharraf Denies What’s On Tape about Rape

Last Monday I enjoyed sitting in a cafe on Pleasant St. in Northampton MA and reading the Boston Globe. Too often coffee comes in takeaway cups, it was so much more civilized to read the paper and look at folks coming into the cafe.

I read about Pakistan’s General Pervez Musharraf, denying something he said into a tape recorder to three Washington Post reporters. “this has become a money-making concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada, or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped.”

Musharraf made these remarks while discussing the case of Mukhta Maj, a 33-year-old illiterate woman who spoke publicly about being gang-raped on the orders of village council in 2002. Earlier this year, Musharraf was rebuked by the Bush Administration when he blocked her from traveling to the US to publicize her case.”