Court orders daily religious lessons for brothel owner

Published: October 2, 2012
Cleric to help the accused ‘repent for her sins’ for one hour every day. DESIGN: S. JAMAL

Cleric to help the accused ‘repent for her sins’ for one hour every day. DESIGN: S. JAMAL

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has accepted the bail application of a brothel owner on the condition that she will spend at least one hour daily at a mosque.

According to an FIR registered on September 6, police received information about a house situated in Hayatabad Phase 4, being run as a brothel.

Police raided the house and arrested Rabia, Sumaira, Khan Sultana, Rubi and the owner of the brothel, Neelam.

All the accused filed an application seeking bail from a lower court on September 14, however, Additional District and Sessions Judge Asad Hameed Bangash, rejected the bail request.

On Monday, during a hearing of their bail request, PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan accepted the plea of four women and fined them Rs50,000 with two reliable sureties. Neelam’s bail was approved conditionally.

The court ordered that Neelam must visit the Imam of Zarghuni Mosque in Hayatabad everyday for one month to repent for her sins.

The court had earlier sent police to another alleged brothel run by Aslam and his wife Shabana upon Neelam’s information.

However, Aslam’s daughter denied the charges by saying Neelam was a domestic helper at their house and had escaped after robbing them. The PHC had accepted the bail request for Aslam and Shabana.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Human
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:41AM

    And What about all those Men who sinned with her ?
    what about all those People who led her into this way of life to earn a living ?
    Grow up court & people . First send all the men to the masid for repentance as sin is everywhere who asked them to go to her . If they not gone to her her business would have died down .
    Think about it & now sending her to the majid OH noooooooooooooooooooooo
    more sinsRecommend

  • i like it
    Oct 2, 2012 - 10:53AM

    wonderful, another glorious example of non-seperation of religion and the state


  • SaneVoice
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Intention is good but the purpose will not be served. Please send the rulers of this country to a school where morality is taught.


  • Caramelized_Onion
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:25AM

    In a society like Pakistan’s, women do not take up prostitution by choice. They are more often than not forced to do so by circumstances. When was the last time PHC ordered a man to take (true islamic, not the jahil maulvi version) religious lessons for going to a brothel, or beating up his wife or being a bad husband in general.


  • Kazmi
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:31AM

    women running brothel !! wow


  • GhostRider
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:33AM



  • PPP_Forveer
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:41AM



  • KR
    Oct 2, 2012 - 11:45AM

    What a joke how about some religious schooling for all the corrupt politicians, public officials, police officers, and list goes on and on ………


  • Oct 2, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Economic, Financial, Entrepreneurial and Vocational lessons would do wonders. Try that. .


  • Salman Khan
    Oct 2, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Mashallah, bravo PHC. Decision totally reflects the current state of our society, when we are moving towards an Islamic Theocracy why our courts should base their judgements on law of “infidels”? Welcome to the Future.Recommend

  • Oct 2, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Wonderful decision.


  • Syed Bilal
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:15PM

    PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan is very much sound and capable Chief Justice I ever seen. His previous decisions also claimed widest public approval.- Good Stroke, Dost Sb. – No doubt in it


  • ha
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:37PM

    the punishment of spending time in a mosque is very unusual. is this legal or is it the whim of the judge.


  • salman
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Not impressed by the courts decision this is not how you rehab people , all rehab facilities must be run by state.


  • Muzaffar
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:46PM

    this is really good…instead of giving harsh punishments the daily mosque session will work as a Rehab…thumbs upRecommend

  • Nadir
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:48PM

    A mosque? Which one? Whose sect? What makes the local mullah qualified to offer counselling?


  • Sikandar Ali
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:48PM

    That is very Good decision, Islam should made be followed with it`s pure soul and every illict actitivit should be banned in Pakistan…


  • Hillarious
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:49PM

    If she visits mosque only to obey court’s order , then what will happen ? It will be a mockery….Try to change people by heart , win by sword is not real win…..I wonder how that justice gave this justice??


  • khuram kaleem
    Oct 2, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Hats off tio judiciaryRecommend

  • Patriotic
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:03PM

    Please separate religion from state, else all’s gonna go up in smoke soon. Kinda feel sorry for Jinnah; the poor guy gave his whole life to found a secular state.


  • Oct 2, 2012 - 2:09PM

    The most crucial point missing from the decision is – were they guilty? No written complaint against the accused had been shown by the police, their medical examination had also not been conducted, the raid was carried out without search warrants from a magistrate, no witness in support of the charges.
    So the whole process was on the basis of the word of mouth of the police? If this is so then clearly we are strengthening this culture of accusation without evidence.


  • Akhtar Khan
    Oct 2, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Brother on contrary what qualifies you to question Mulla’s eligibility?


  • Toba Alu
    Oct 2, 2012 - 5:10PM

    I am sure she will pray that her business may thrive. Let’s see whose prayers will be answered.


  • dpd
    Oct 2, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @Akhtar Khan:
    A MULLAH is a learned person of religion. He is not a counselor. He can talk to you with regards to the wrong and right from a religious perpective.


  • Jihad Bil-Qalam
    Oct 2, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Madrassa culture is leading to strange entrapreneurshops in Pakistan. First, terrorism and outrage emerged as profitable industries, now “repentance” is showing a huge revenue promise.


  • Oct 2, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Mashallah at least women are being allowed in Masjids in Pakistan… Maybe the British Pakistani Masjids can now copy this and open up their Masjids to women also?


  • gp65
    Oct 2, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Patriotic: ” Kinda feel sorry for Jinnah; the poor guy gave his whole life to found a secular state.”

    Uh no. HE did not go to jail even once for freedom movement. All the heavy lifting to get freedom from British was done by COngress leaders – both Hindu and Muslim. He WANTED to find a country on the basis of religion. Here is what he said in 1940

    “The Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, social customs, litterateurs. They neither intermarry nor interdine together and, indeed, they belong to two different civilizations which are based mainly on conflicting ideas and conceptions. Their aspect on life and of life are different. It is quite clear that Hindus and Mussalmans derive their inspiration from different sources of history. They have different epics, different heroes, and different episodes. Very often the hero of one is a foe of the other and, likewise, their victories and defeats overlap. To yoke together two such nations under a single state, one as a numerical minority and the other as a majority, must lead to growing discontent and final destruction of any fabric that may be so built for the government of such a state.”


  • Riaz Khan
    Oct 2, 2012 - 7:11PM

    This is becoming like Medieval Europe where a man can commit a crime,go confess in church and get a letter from the priest that God accepts his confession and he can roam freely

    You know what that period is called by current Europeans –“Dark Ages”


  • Startled
    Oct 2, 2012 - 7:40PM

    I used to hate the term judicial mafia. Now, i cant agree more. Its ripe time that justices should hire publicists and agents.
    But i am afraid of one thing. A seller can find customers ANYWHERE and she is going to a masjid. I wish there were a course on common sense in law education.


  • Oct 2, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Now she has to get protected herself from Mullah.


  • ahmed41
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Why does society need brothels and brothel owners ? This is the oldest profession in the world~~~pre-dates Islam.

    There are some things that religion can not change. Lets be pragmatic~~~what about sending her clients to the psychiatrist ?


  • Zalil mullah
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Trusting Women with a Mullah. Its like offering “HALVA” on a platter.


  • qzj00
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:13PM


    Better still, what makes this judge qualified to come up with such a decision? Is there really a law in the books that allows a judge to impose ‘religious lessons’ as a bail condition?


  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Oct 2, 2012 - 8:16PM

    The million dollar question: Is Imam of Zarghuni Mosque trained professionally in religious counselling or he is just plain Imam?


  • s shah
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:40PM

    I agree with your commentator who said the woman needs vocational training to help her and her associates get out of this vicious circle of poverty and exploitation. And how about punishment for the men who exploit and abuse her ?


  • Zulfiqar
    Oct 2, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Absolutely stunning and welcome sentence…

    This way, the women would take a second look at their lives and maybe resort to becoming better citizens and better human beings by changing their lifestyles and maybe even becoming a beacon to other workers of the flesh trade to give up their horrendous lifestyles to become something better…


  • khurram
    Oct 3, 2012 - 12:31AM

    She is now placed in greater danger than before, as we are all aware of great stories coming out from such maulvis. Question is, will the judge sahib trust a molvi to her real daughters?Recommend

  • Rahim
    Oct 3, 2012 - 5:19AM

    I hope Mawlana Sb will discharge his duty nicely and don’t end up having relationship with Aunty Neelam…. Lolzzz!!!


  • Tariq
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:03PM

    I think that in future we will send all kind of criminals,extremists and Fanatic to Mulla Omer and Fazlullah. it is not the duty of courts to order such kind of thinks.
    Law is equal for all or they Muslim or non.


  • jawedeqbal
    Oct 5, 2012 - 4:35PM

    It is a spellbinding over by no other than the CJ of PHC. Aunty neelam is sent to repent for her immorality. By what law is moulvi authorized by the court to sit on her moral code? Where are we headed as a nation. What about the dreams of independent judiciary. I wish we all were committed to some lessons in commonsense and sanity.
    A laga jungle dar o dewar se.


  • Queen
    Oct 5, 2012 - 10:54PM

    It surprising to see that in the verdict, the court did not include the men who were involved in the sin with the women. This shows the hypocrisy of the judicial system. What about the Pakistan Penal Code? Does it have any significance??


  • ramesh
    Oct 9, 2012 - 3:46PM

    it is really good decision taken by the court. if such sins are commited by non-islamic women, what would the court decide? i think they would have suggested her to acceot islam.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:56AM

    mullah and judges are taking care of each other in pakistan and entire world is now exposed to standerd of judiciary in Pakistan .


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