Chitrali women trafficked, forced into prostitution

Published: March 30, 2012
According to a recent study, trafficking of women in the name of marriage has increased over the past two decades. Photo: FurSid/FILE

According to a recent study, trafficking of women in the name of marriage has increased over the past two decades. Photo: FurSid/FILE


The most frequent way of trafficking women from Chitral to other parts of the country is promising them marriage, according to a recent study.

The study titled, ‘Documenting causes and consequences of down country marriages in Chitral,’ says that over the past two decades internal trafficking of women from Chitral to southern parts of the country in the name of marriage has increased. The study has been conducted by the Regional Women Empowerment Project of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program.

Women in the district, suffering from poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, are tempted with a city life by middlemen who promise to find them suitors in other parts of the country. The report also quotes an official from the Anjuman Dawat-e-Azeemat Chitral, as saying that only 10% of marriages were genuine.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2012.

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  • Neelofar Hameed
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:33AM

    It speaks volumes of the socioeconomic structure which prevails now. Situation is getting worse day by day as the rulers have proudly defied the norms of governance and accountability.


  • Mar 30, 2012 - 12:58PM

    and our Rulers are busy in looting and wasting public money with both hands


  • Truth Teller
    Mar 30, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Extremely sad & pathetic situation!


  • Mard-e-Haq
    Mar 30, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Are Kalash women particularly targeted?


  • Hamid
    Mar 30, 2012 - 2:47PM

    The culprits should be caught and hanged.


  • Pakistani
    Mar 30, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Sad to hear. Now here SC should take some notice… and directs authorities.


  • paki
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @pakistani.. I second ur views. SC should take up and direct the concerned authorities to investigate and submit its report to the SC.
    Our beloved CJ should also focus on community issues which are directly affecting the lives of hundred of women instead of taking suo motto action on rare and sporadic individual cases.. and hats off to the the Regional Women Empowerment Project of the Aga Khan Rural Support Program for bringing up such an eye-opening research. keep it up.


  • Irshad Khan
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Name of my country is ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN. Where are law enforcing agencies and religious NGOs?


  • wahab khan afridi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:00PM

    supreme court shud take up a suo notice against politicans now because of their incompetence


  • ROMM
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:06PM

    its shame


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:44AM

    We have a tendency of having a middleman whatever the cause may be?

    Can’t we eliminate the middleman from our society for all practical purposes?


  • Nasir
    Mar 31, 2012 - 4:17AM

    Welcome to the ISLAMIC republic of pakistan
    the mullahs will never speak of these types of injustice because they are to busy making heros out of terrorists ,burning american flags and eating halwa – what a shame


  • shazada zahid mahmoud malik loan
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:51PM

    This is not new except it is being highlighted now by the sufferings of the Chitrali girls/women trafficked by their own men – remember the history of Hunza gool and the American Jew Mr Sloane Ismaeel. He was helped by a Chitrali woman’s own kinsman into marrying an American Jew who sexually abused her until she was so called rescued by a Pakistani man and is now being kept as a sex slave ever since, in Islamabad. The Chitrali people must stop this practice and ensure their women are not taken out of the valley and are married off with dignity to Chitrali men. Do not expect any sympathy from anyone, least of all from your parliament since they are the very men and women invloved in the trafficking of Chitrali girls.


  • ZYX
    Mar 31, 2012 - 9:02PM

    wah wah ET…..abh Chitrali bhi victimized group hai? Not that prostitution takes place in all ethnic groups…no no…it just sounds more marketable when you package it was “chitrali”, or “hindu”, or ….cmon ET…who’s next in your scheming little brain? Revolting how media is using divisive tactics to sensationalize news and sell their product. Liberals just cheer blindly but they don’t see that ET is just another group that seeks to use their constituency for its own gains…they’re not ideologues, they’re business people and their urdu version newspaper is far more right wing than ET….its business, but its revolting how they’re doing it.


  • Human being
    Apr 1, 2012 - 4:29AM

    Humanity is out the door. Whose democracy is this, in the name of democracy?? It is definately against its own society . . .one crime after another being committed!! shame . .shame!!


  • Concern1
    Apr 1, 2012 - 7:25AM

    @Mard-e-Haq: Nothing going to happen in this country till these scumbags mullahs are not taken care off


  • Khabardar
    Apr 1, 2012 - 7:29AM

    Shameful Leadership! Shame on you for all the criminal acts! They say S**t always rolls down hill. What an example of leadership!! You have degraded the country beyond limits!
    Stop fooling the nation with the word ‘democracy’.


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