September 19, 2017

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

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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. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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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. “I was full of blood.”

She knew her attacker well.

Shah Hussein was a classmate and friend in law school. They hung out at McDonald’s and took selfies.

After an argument, she cut off their friendship — and that’s when the menacing behavior began.

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