Runaway couple: Afghan woman married to ‘brother-in-law’, says family

Says two girls accompanying Mariyam are her daughters, demand they be extradited.

Our Correspondent July 23, 2012


The brother-in-law of a runaway Afghan woman has claimed that she was already married to him before her elopement.

Mariyam Marjman Molouda, the Afghan woman, had tied the nuptial knot in Pakistan a month ago with a fellow Afghan named Hewad against the will of her family back home.

The couple claimed to have fled Kabul because the woman’s family tried to marry her (Mariyam) with Abdul Rehman, the invalid husband of her deceased sister.

The family of Abdul Rehman, however, rejected the couple’s claims on Sunday.

It alleged that Mariyam has committed a Gunah-e-Kabeera (cardinal sin) by solemnising a new nikah without rescinding her previous one. Saying that the act violated the Afghan law as well as the Shariah, the family demanded that she be extradited to Afghanistan.

Speaking to local media on Sunday, Rehman’s paternal nephew Khan Muhammad said Mariyam married his uncle following his second wife’s (her elder sister’s) death. He produced a nikahnama showing Mariyam consented to marriage with Rehman in the year 1986 according to the Afghan calendar, corresponding to 2006 in the Gregorian calendar.

Khan Muhammad also claimed his uncle had a total of 10 children from all three wives including Mariyam. He said the two girls accompanying Mariyam – two-year old Husna and three-year old Sana – were her and Rehman’s real daughters. Mariyam maintains the girls are her elder sister’s daughters.

Muhammad revealed that Rehman was alive and suffered from paralysis, citing that as a reason behind Mariyam’s relationship with Hewad.  He alleged that she took US $95,000, 20 tola of gold and 800,000 Afghani from his uncle’s house while making off to Pakistan. He added that he will present all records before the court in order to secure her extradition.

Muhammad sought to allay fears that they might be stoned or executed by a jirga upon returning to Afghanistan. Responding to a question, he said the matter would be resolved in a Kabul court, adding that the Afghan capital’s judicial system was functioning effectively.

Meanwhile, the couple will be presented before Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Monday, July 23.

The couple has rejected claims that Mariyam was married to Rehman. They maintain she had been living with Rehman’s family for the last three years after her sister’s death to care for his children since he was an invalid himself. Mariyam maintains she was neither married nor engaged to anyone before Hewad, whom she says she married of her own will. She says she fled home after she got an inkling of Rehman’s interest in her and her parents’ willingness towards the marriage. Regarding the girls, Husna and Sana, Mariyam claims they are her nieces and that she took them along due to their attachment with her. Sana has been repatriated to Afghanistan while Husna remains with Mariyam.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.


Hakim Khan | 11 years ago | Reply

I would like to point out that popularity of an idea does not make it logically true; this is a very common logical fallacy that Pakistanis suffer from, stunningly illustrated by the commentators here. According to Logic, argumentum ad populum is an invalid and fallacious argument that holds the same value as garbage.

Hakim Khan | 11 years ago | Reply

@Aamir: ''The reason they are running away is so that they are not bred like cattle, and forced to produce the kind of livestock that you are.'' What is wrong with breeding people like cattle, when a) according to credible biologists we are biological machinery just slightly superior to animals; in fact we are nothing but mammals-biological animals and b) when it would ensure (hopefully) that the progeny would be intelligent and obedient enough to study in King's College London to become highly qualified health-care professionals earning tens of thousands of pounds a year as physicians? There are no religious objections to this and neither any scientific, so I suggest to that you think before you write!

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