Jirga justice: Mother killed for opposing vani

Published: December 12, 2011

" Khursheed Bibi had refused to abide by a vani settlement requiring her daughter to be married in her son’s in-laws," FIR.


A woman was shot and killed in Pindi Bhattian on Saturday night allegedly by her son for refusing to allow her daughter to be handed over as vani.

An FIR registered against the suspect, Asif Ali Babar, a resident of Chaki Wali village, and six others at the Pindi Bhattian police station says that Khursheed Bibi had refused to abide by a vani settlement requiring her 12-year-old daughter to be married to a man from the family of a woman Babar had married without her family’s consent.

Complaint Riaz Bhatti, brother of the deceased, told The Express Tribune that the suspects had arranged the child’s ‘marriage’ with Mehdi Hasan, Babar’s brother-in-law, three months ago. The marriage was arranged to settle a dispute between Babar and his second wife’s family.

The complainant said his brother-in-law (child’s father) had filed a kidnapping case against Hasan after the child was forcibly married and sent with him. He said he had moved court for her recovery over police’s failure to take action against the suspect. He said a court bailiff had then recovered the child from Hasan’s custody from Chiniot some two and a half months ago and sent her to live with her parents.

The complainant said his nephew (Babar) and the former nazim had earlier planned to marry the child to a son of one Saifullah, who is also nominated in the case. He said the marriage could not take place as his sister had sent the girl to a relative’s house. “Babar brought her back and arranged her marriage with his wife’s brother,” he said. Babar’s second wife, who is also nominated in the FIR, has been arrested by the police. SHO Rana Sajjad said Ansar Abbas Bhatti, the former tehsil nazim who allegedly declared Babar’s 12-year-old sister vani, was abroad and could, therefore, not be arrested at the moment. He said raids were underway to arrest others.

Killed for dissent

In another incident in Gujranwala, a girl was killed allegedly by her brother because she had refused to marry a man he had selected for her.

An FIR registered on a complaint filed by the father of the deceased stated that she was interested in marrying a paternal cousin but her brother, Afzal Ahmed, wanted her to marry a maternal cousin. Ahmed allegedly shot her, killing her on the spot, after an argument over the issue on Saturday night.

SHO Zaman Mirza said the body had been sent for an autopsy. He said police were raiding potential hideouts for the arrest of the suspect.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • johar
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:25AM

    when will this cruelty and apathy end? no respect for mother, daughter, wife and sister, people have transformed into emotionless selfish dummies, even animals are better they care for their family members and herd


  • Uzair
    Dec 12, 2011 - 12:23PM

    When will our people stop thinking that women are mindless chattel and the property of males? Women are as much human beings and have the right to live their lives per their own will.


  • maz3tt
    Dec 12, 2011 - 1:03PM

    Animals , Animals, Animals.


  • Syed Kashmiri
    Dec 12, 2011 - 8:51PM

    What is wrong with Pakistani society ? Hang the culprits publicly. Uneducated violent males need harsh punishments as a deterence against such crimes against women.Recommend

  • Ducky
    Dec 12, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Worse than animals.


  • Philly RN
    Dec 13, 2011 - 3:25AM

    I wish I could convey to all Muslims how much harm this does to Muslims in the eyes of the West, that this sort of tribal behavior that is not Islamic is allowed to go on in the modern world, and yet called Islamic. Do we still practice medicine from the 7th Century?

    The US is not going to continue to fund Pakistan as this sort of barbarism is sanctioned by government.


  • Erwin
    Dec 13, 2011 - 4:03AM

    Islam is the ONLY major world religion that if it vanished from the earth, it would immediately make the world a better place.


  • Syed Kashmiri
    Dec 13, 2011 - 6:01AM

    @Philly RN: Dear: This is NOT islam and this is not sanctioned by the government. Actually it is the behavior of Pre-islamic period called Jahilia . Islam was the first religion which accorded property and social RIGHTS to women. Islam gave women the RIGHT to get divorce ( which is not yet a right of catholic women )and alimony. These are tribal traditions. which you see here practiced by a feudal society.


  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 13, 2011 - 7:25AM

    @Erwin: “Islam is the ONLY major world religion that if it vanished from the earth, it would immediately make the world a better place.”
    No it won’t!
    Erwin, Islam is not the FIRST or the ONLY religion which has been used to inflict savagery.
    Catholic Church sanctioned and institutionalized torture and death against women and provided a manual in the form of Malleus Maleficarum; a dark stain Vatican has not been able to wash away to the day.
    Judaism is being used as a justification by fundamentalist Zionist State to inflict death and misery upon millions of Palestinians.

  • gsw
    Dec 13, 2011 - 5:44PM

    @Syed Kashmiri >Islam was the first religion which accorded property and social RIGHTS to women.<

    Actually, it was not. Pagan Goddess worship was the first religion (about 45,000 years old) to recognise that women are individual, intelligent human beings, not property.
    Muhammed’s first wife was a successful business women, before Muhammed invented islam.
    Boadicea had female warriors and considered men and women to be equal.

  • Arj
    Dec 13, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Well said Sir!


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