Tribal justice: Jirga orders father to wed underage daughters

Villagers kidnap his wife and daughter after his refusal to comply.


Our Correspondent January 12, 2014
Villagers kidnap his wife and daughter after his refusal to comply. PHOTO: FILE

SUKKUR: A Jirga imposed a fine of Rs1.2 million on an alleged karo and added the unique punishment of ordering him to wed his two daughters to the sons of Abdul Samad Banglani.

The Jirga, which was held in village Gul Sher Kandrani situated in Garhi Hassan Sarki police limits near Thull on Sunday, was presided over by influential landlord Jahangir Banglani and sought to resolve the six-month-old karo-kari dispute between two groups of the Banglani clan.

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The Jirga, after hearing both the parties, declared Sanaullah Banglani as a karo and imposed on him a fine of Rs 1.2 million and ordered him to give his two daughters - 5-year-old Rubal and 15-year-old Zarnaz - to the sons of Abdul Samad Banglani in marriage. However, Sanaullah, who was being represented by his son, Abdul Rasool Banglani, refused to accept the Jirga’s verdict and left.

Following the refusal, Jahangir Banglani, who is the son of Sardar Akbar Banglani, raided Sanaullah’s house with his men and kidnapped Sanaullah’s wife and daughter. Larkana DIGP Khadim Rind immediately suspended Garhi Hassan SHO Ghulam Farooq Brohi after hearing of the incident and has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Police constable Abdul Samad allegedly killed his wives Hanul Khatoon and Amroz Khatoon after declaring them kari with Sanaullah Banglani. After the incident, Sanaullah had moved to Balochistan in order to save his life and had only returned to the village a couple of days back.

While a case was registered against the policeman for the murder of his wives, sources claim that it was deliberately toned down so that Abdul Samad could not only avoid any punishment but also perform his duties.

Jacobabad SSP Malik Zafar Iqbal confirmed about the Jirga, as well as its verdict, to The Express Tribune. However, he denied the kidnappings of Sanaullah’s wife and daughter and also claimed that no girls have been ‘bartered’ to reconcile the matter. Iqbal added that an inquiry was underway.

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However, Sanaullah was adamant that his wife and daughter have been kidnapped. “In the general elections, I supported Pakistan Peoples Party MPA Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani,” he said. “Jahangir was contesting the elections as his opponent and is using this opportunity to take revenge.” While talking to The Express Tribune, Rind confirmed the suspension of the SHO and informed that police have arrested the alleged kidnapper, Jahangir. He also added that a case will be registered against Jahangir if the allegation of bartering girls is proved against him.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2014. 

COMMENTS (1)

Khi2KHy | 9 years ago | Reply Aaah! the slavery days for women...still lingering! No wonder, all effort of City and Land development & modernization are failed because of the resulting better days for the poor of Sindh.
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