"Outlawed in Pakistan" on FRONTLINE


"Outlawed in Pakistan" aired Tuesday, May 28, on PBS FRONTLINE. Above, you can watch the broadcast premier that sheds light on how one girl risked her life by alleging rape.

Join a FRONTLINE/New York Times Lede Blog chat with filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellman May 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

The PBS FRONTLINE release about the film's broadcast premier described Nosheen and Schellmann as shining a spotlight on Pakistan’s flawed justice system by examining a situation where "those rare rape cases that do make it to court are often fraught with complications, from police non-cooperation to a systemic lack of forensic evidence."

“In a country where you don’t have a system set up to collect evidence in a timely fashion when someone says, ‘I’ve been raped,’ what does that case look like in the courts?” Schellmann asks. “It ends up just being the woman’s word against the man’s.”

Nosheen and Schellmann spent nearly four years tracing the evolution of Kainat’s complicated case—from both sides.

"Outlawed in Pakistan" is an H2H Films production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Producers/writers: Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann. FRONTLINE deputy executive producer: Raney Aronson-Rath. FRONTLINE executive producer: David Fanning. "Outlawed in Pakistan" is a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Additional funding for "Outlawed in Pakistan" was provided by the Pulitzer Center and the Fledgling Fund.