The ruling came a day after the victim, Mukhtar Mai, in a dramatic appearance at the Supreme Court appealed a lower court decision to acquit five of the men who allegedly raped her on orders of a council of village elders. The eight members of the council, an influential force in rural Pakistan, were acquitted three years ago.
Outside the courtroom, dozens of women hugged and congratulated a relaxed and smiling Mai, who was dressed in the traditional Shalwar kameez (trousers and a shirt) with a blue and green shawl covering her head.
"I am happy and I hope those who humiliated me will be punished," the 33-year old told reporters after the court ordered the retrial of all 13 men. "I was expecting justice from the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court has done justice."