Forced Marriages: Peshawar High Court orders arrest of jirga members

Petitioner Muhammad Nawaz Khan's daughters had been ‘claimed’ under tradition called ‘ghag’.

Our Correspondent May 18, 2012


The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the attorney-general of Pakistan, federal law secretary and provincial advocate-general to formulate a law to get rid of a custom where men lay a marriage claim to a woman.

PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan issued the order on Thursday as he heard a petition filed by Muhammad Nawaz Khan whose daughters had been ‘claimed’ under the tradition called ‘ghag’.

Two brothers, Jehangir and Abdul Razzaq of Sherkera area of Peshawar district, made a ‘ghag’ on their cousins Shaista, 13, and her sister Zeenat, 11.

Khan’s counsel Muhammad Essa told the court that when the family informed the father of the event, he rejected the claim upon which a local jirga was convened.

The jirga then imposed a fine of Rs0.2 million and asked Khan to marry his daughters to his nephews. After hearing the case, Chief Justice Khan expressed concern and ordered the provincial police chief to arrest the brothers, jirga members and other family members.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2012.


Benbane Head | 9 years ago | Reply @Buy and Sell In Pakistan: @Qalandar Khan: Ghag is a term used in primitive and medieval culture like ours. When someone does "ghag" it means one has "announced" that a certain woman needs to be given to you in marriage. It happens in illiterate families from very rural areas.
Rahul | 9 years ago | Reply

First question is why anybody in world should allow at all marriage of such little girls. Isn't it called a rape. Technically yes in all of the "advanced" countries. Doesn't that come under United Nations Basic Human Rights charter?

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