Pakistan court probes bartering of girls

October 11th, 2012

Supreme court takes notice of barter of 13 young girls under tribal custom in Balochistan province – Published on AlJazeera, October 10, 2012.

Pakistan’s supreme court has ordered authorities to investigate the alleged barter of 13 children – all girls – to settle a blood feud in a remote area of the southwestern Balochistan province. Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry, the country’s chief justice, began proceedings on Tuesday, probing the alleged trade in the Dera Bugti district … //

… Wani, the tradition of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds, is banned under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country’s more conservative and tribal areas. Those found guilty of practicing are liable to up to seven years in prison and a fine of $5,230 (Rs500,000).

Local media reported that in addition to the wani, the tribal meeting also allegedly imposed a fine of Rs3 million, after discussing a dispute between two tribes based on the murder of a local man.
(full text and video online: Human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir discusses women’s rights in Pakistan, 4.17 min).

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