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Review: “Outlawed in Pakistan, Brooklyn Da”

Two news programs concern themselves with justice Tuesday night, and the one people are less likely to watch is clearly the more worthy and extraordinary. A PBS “Frontline” production, “Outlawed in Pakistan” deals with the alleged gang rape of a young girl, and the devastating consequences on her and her family. CBS News, meanwhile, plays the good soldier with “Brooklyn Da,” a by-the-numbers docu-series offered as original summer filler, in much the way ABC News steadily delivers such alternative fare to its network. If it’s an either-or choice, the verdict here isn’t close.

Written and directed by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, “Outlawed” chronicles the story of Kainat Soomro, who claims to have been kidnapped and repeatedly raped by four men at the age of 13. Instead of outlawing her or putting her to death, her family stands behind her, in a culture where the woman is blamed and

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