Ain’t no commodity: Woman ‘auctioned by her in-laws’ recovered

Published: June 11, 2013
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The panchayat ordered the man who she was accused of having an affair with to leave the area. He was told he would be stoned to death if he returned, says Witnesses. PHOTO: FILE

The panchayat ordered the man who she was accused of having an affair with to leave the area. He was told he would be stoned to death if he returned, says Witnesses. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: 

Police on Monday recovered a woman allegedly ‘auctioned’ on the orders of a panchayat in Dera Ghazi Khan on Sunday and arrested the man who had bought her. Fifteen others, including the woman’s husband and panchayat members, were also arrested.   

Kot Chutta DSP Nadeem Butt said the 25-year-old woman, a resident of Darkhawast Jamal Ghuzar- an area along the tribal belt of the district- was accused by her in-laws of immoral activity. The DSP said that her husband and brothers-in-law had claimed of catching her with a man from the neighbourhood several times.

On Sunday night, the DSP said, her husband called a panchayat.

Witnesses told police that the panchayat had ordered the man who she was accused of having an affair with to leave the area.

The man was told he would be stoned to death if he returned to the area.

DSP Butt said the panchayat had ordered the woman’s husband to confine her inside the house, but he had refused to accept her.

“He told the panchayat that he did not want to keep her because she had damaged his ‘honour’. The panchayat then ordered him to sell her,” the DSP added.

He said the woman was sold for Rs350,000 in an open auction. The man who bought her was told not to bring her back in the area.

He was also told that he could not sell her in the same tribal area.

The DSP said after the news of the woman’s auction reached the police, the buyer’s home was raided. The woman was recovered and taken to an undisclosed place.

The buyer was arrested. He told police that he was planning to sell her in Balochistan. He said he was not aware of any panchayat decision.

He said, “I just came to know that a woman was being sold in Kaloi area and went to buy her.”

DSP Butt said 15 other men, including the woman’s husband, two brothers-in-law and panchayat members, had been arrested.

He said an FIR had been registered against them with the Darkhawast Jamal police under Sections 371 (human trafficking) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Mj
    Jun 11, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Some areas in Pakistan have a twisted notion of honor.

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  • Gp65
    Jun 11, 2013 - 12:32PM

    Kudos to the police for doing their duty instead of ignoringit under the guise of ‘local tradition’.

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  • I am a Khan
    Jun 11, 2013 - 4:35PM

    These people are seriously like the pre Islamic Arabs in the period of ignorance. They follow their hideous customs and traditions rather than following Islamic teachings. shame on them. such people should be severely punished.

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  • Usman
    Jun 11, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Yeh Zaalim Samaajh kabhi nai theek ho sakta! Life has no value in Pakistan. What is there left to claim yourself as a Proud Pakistani? Anyone?

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  • Saz
    Jun 11, 2013 - 8:25PM

    Hummm and if these guys come to a city and do similer things and get stopped it becomes a “political matter” and we get lectures to respect traditions

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  • BLing BLing
    Jun 12, 2013 - 12:33AM

    The day we stop treating women like goats, sheeps and chicken will be the day we start prospering

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  • Jun 12, 2013 - 11:07AM

    It’s saddening and an eye opener point for all humanity? In which age we are living?? Is this the Stone Age? A woman is being sold and bought like a thing?? We are not civilized yet. Where are the organizations working for human rights, NGOs?? The police officials must investigate the matter as soon as possible.

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