No one ever imagined that the cost of celebration during a wedding would be compensated with the lives of five innocent women. But, Pakistan proves us wrong every time with its deteriorating human rights record especially in its tribal areas where anything shameful, atrocious and brutal can be expected.
In the latest act of brutality four women have reportedly been killed in the name of honor for fornication and staining their families’ name in the remote area of Kohistan. The incident made headlines after a video showing the scenes of the wedding in which these women can be seen pictured in heavy robes and headdresses, sitting on the floor singing and clapping was released.
The issue, however, is that these women are also accompanied by two men dancing in the same room. These two men known as Bin Yasir and Gul Nazar shot the video of their celebration on a mobile phone video camera.
Soon afterwards, all five girls Bazgar, Amna, Shaheen, Begum and one more were apparently ordered to be killed by the tribal council of clerics known as ‘jirga’. The verdict of killing was also announced for men, but somehow they managed to flee the north Pakistan village with their families.
Following a suo motu notice of these deaths that took place in the Kohistan area by the apex court of Pakistan, these two men appeared along with Muhammad Afzal, brother of two boys dancing in the video to claim that on the basis of a fatwa or juristic ruling given by Molvi Javed all five women have been slaughtered. Local officials claim it did not happen.
But when the Supreme Court of Pakistan asked government officials to bring the safe and alive women to court, they made weather a tool to cover their gruesome act. Even though there has been no official confirmation regarding the life or death of these girls it remains more or less clear that the case yet again depicts the militant and myopic version that people in these tribal regions have about human rights.
More dangerous is the way they have intertwined their inhuman and barbaric traditions with Islamic injunctions, a trump card that is used for providing legal refuge to everything and anything illicit, unethical and immoral. But, of course for these people it is all about honor and their respect in the society. Even if it is acquired after committing a grim act like murder.