Jirga (in)justice: Forcibly married, divorced, gang-raped, paraded

Published: March 19, 2014
Her family says police are hesitant to take action against the ‘influential’ accused. PHOTO: FILE

Her family says police are hesitant to take action against the ‘influential’ accused. PHOTO: FILE


A 22-year-old woman declared vani by a panchayat in Chiniot was kidnapped, married forcibly, ‘divorced’, kidnapped again, gang-raped and tied to a tree in the street while stripped.

*Mushtaq, a relative of the woman, *Safia, a resident of Mawar Bhattian, told the media that her brother, *Hakimullah, had married one *Tasneem Bibi on February 27 without her family’s approval.

“*Tasneem’s father called a panchayat. Gulsher, Amanullah, Sikandar, Zafar, Anwar and Nasir, the jury, at the panchayat declared *Safia vani and ordered that she be married to Tasneem’s brother, Wasim,” he said.

“They took her thumb impressions on a nikah nama and declared that she was married to Wasim.”

Mushtaq said when Safia refused to accept the panchayat’s orders the panchayat members kidnapped her on March 1, 2014. “She was forcibly taken and detained at Wasim’s house… On March 15, he ‘divorced’ her… she was then taken by *Anwar, Tasneem’s uncle, to his haveli.” Mushtaq said Anwar and his three accomplices raped Safia. “Later, she was stripped and tied to a tree,” he said. He said her family filed a complaint with police but the police did not take any action.

“She was released after some villagers begged Anwar to let her go.” She was produced in a court and a judicial magistrate issued orders for registration of a case.

He alleged that the police were still hesitant to take action against the “influential” accused.

District Police Officer (DPO) Munir Zia said the police had registered a case against a dozen people. “We are waiting for medical examination report… further action will be taken after the report is received.” He said a police team had been constituted to arrest the suspects.

*The names have been changed to protect identities

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Zabardast Admi
    Mar 19, 2014 - 11:21AM

    I wonder why no so called religious leader / ulema never condemn such crimes!!?? Does anyone have an answer?


  • Javeria
    Mar 19, 2014 - 11:36AM

    OMG! what is happening in the land of pure


  • citizen
    Mar 19, 2014 - 11:50AM

    ashamed to be a part of this sick society . The call themselves muslims ? I demand death penalty for culprits .


  • Sher Khan
    Mar 19, 2014 - 12:06PM

    can u please use the right phrase of PUNJABI Panchayat instead of maligning Pukhtoon jirga by using the word jirga.Recommend

  • Pakistansezindabhag
    Mar 19, 2014 - 12:11PM

    A holiest country in the world.


  • Rumormonger
    Mar 19, 2014 - 12:53PM

    This Jirga / Puchayat bunch are just a bunch of impotent males who are trying to hide their shortcomings.


    Mar 19, 2014 - 12:56PM

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan hahahahaha…..
    lets go to stone age.


  • Uza Syed
    Mar 19, 2014 - 1:00PM

    The political leadership in Punjab through their political parties PTI & PMLNawaz might be interested to look into such barbarism right there at home and do something to right the prevailing wrong mindsets and traditions of this stupidity called ‘Panchayats’ and ‘Vanis’ etc.


  • far
    Mar 19, 2014 - 1:17PM

    Utterly disgusting …….I wish and I pray that these people should be hanged or punished in islamic way called sangsaar


  • Saleem
    Mar 19, 2014 - 1:30PM

    I dont have a daughter which is missed very much, still I can feel agony of herself, her father, brother and other family members. Such reports are now every day matter, dont know people have heart or not. Till example is not set with strict punishments it could not controlled.

    May Allah protect each and every daughter of this nation.


  • irfan lone
    Mar 19, 2014 - 1:34PM

    No one will ever try to look at problem of divorce in religion. it is one sided and unfair to women. he just married her for the sake of revenge, then divorce using religion and next actions? (accepted by religion?). if something is wrong, it is wrong. try to condemn and resolve, even if it will change religion little bit.


  • Faizan Hamayun
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:01PM

    I was really ashamed of our country situation these days no one speaks and care about these issues as they are real shame and real big issue then taliban.Nawaz sharif should take actions on these issues otherwise people will resolve on their own and take full rights over this government.


  • Nobody
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:01PM

    @Zabardast Admi:
    Unfortunately, no, because these are crimes perpetrated against women, nobody important to society in the minds of these men.


  • Libra
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Death by hanging in Public is the least punishment for those who are involved in the crime. Police is also fully involved. There is no crime more than this on earth. Anyways, let’s see when this case is also hushed up. Government is always supportive to criminals as they get vote through these haveli walas. Such crimes shall be un-abetted untill punishments are not made in public. Hails to ‘DEMOCRACY’.


  • Fuaaza
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:13PM

    Culprits must b stoned to death. But as we know nothing will happen.. My God!! we are just a bunch of dead people living in a country of Dead. Shame on us..


  • noontoon
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:18PM

    the FEMALE folks destroyed her


  • vinsin
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:25PM

    @Zabardast Admi: they consider these as Islamic.


  • bash gul
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Lets see if KHADIM E AALA will take notice and reprimand the police officers of the area,


  • Rai
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:33PM

    All of the men involved should be hunted down like the animals they are and castrated while tied to a tree!


  • vinsin
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:36PM

    @irfan lone:
    Slow by slow you will change the religion. India muslims are having more right to implement sharia on woman than Pakistan.


  • Nadia
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:45PM

    Isalmic Republic of Pakistan is not to be blammed of all the wrong doings in our country.The only right we have in our society is to vote had we utilized our right things would have been different,why is it that until and unless we protest we are not heard.I strongly believe its our fault we don’t get ourselves respected.we let politicans take advantage of us.Next time when you vote vote for the right person. After it was our ancestor who made Pakistan.A message for mothers,having sons is not a pride but making him a gentleman is something to be proud of.


  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:49PM

    I do not see any difference between the recent decsiion by CII and decision of this Panchayat or similar jirga. Both decision are bad for women.


  • Jamal
    Mar 19, 2014 - 2:51PM

    Don,t call. It jirga, it is panchayat.


  • rahula imtiaz paracha
    Mar 19, 2014 - 3:06PM

    She will immolate herself and the family will be given another 1.5lakhs from the great govt treasure and everything will be hush hush!!!


  • jssidhoo
    Mar 19, 2014 - 3:14PM

    OMG what a life . We are worse than animals they do not rape .


  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Mar 19, 2014 - 3:37PM

    Pakistani society should with one voice be up in arms against savages such as this. No tolerance, no impunity. Tough and exemplary punishment. Such bestial behaviour violates all norms and laws, whether religious or secular.


  • a r modak
    Mar 19, 2014 - 4:09PM

    the plethora of articles about the disrobing of women in pakistani society disturbs me, and i am sure many in the diaspora………


  • Shoaib
    Mar 19, 2014 - 4:32PM

    @Javeria: it’s no more land of pure’s..


  • ria
    Mar 19, 2014 - 5:58PM

    shame on these savages………………


  • yousafhaque
    Mar 19, 2014 - 6:12PM

    @Zabardast Admi:::Because they are the sleeping partners to the verdicts of such jirgas.Did you ever hear anything happening to any of previous jirgas who passed such judgements?@Shoaib:::PURE,what?


  • unbelievable
    Mar 19, 2014 - 6:24PM

    I recall Musharraf always telling the World that Pakistan wasn’t a banana republic – after reading this article I agree – you’re about 200 years behind banana republic std.


  • T. Khattak
    Mar 19, 2014 - 9:10PM

    There is a great difference between a Jirga and a Panchayat. This kind of stuff would never happen in a Jirga. Please do not mix the two just because the seem similar. In the case of Mukhtaran Mai and others, the Panchayat had ordered the rape. It is impossible for a Jirga to order anything even close to that, Such a thing has never happened in the thousand year history of a Jirga.


  • fus
    Mar 19, 2014 - 11:06PM

    @ T. Khattak – Continue dreaming and try saving this system which treat women like animal or commodity. Just do a search online and you can find many cases, in in you Paradise KPK and Fata. Atleast in other places t hese things are reported in KPK such news come out very late or not all.
    It is a pity when supposedly educated people curse Punchayats but praise Jirga, pretty much two sides of same coin, both can be and are misued.


  • Jamal
    Mar 19, 2014 - 11:39PM

    Unlike panchayat, Jirga is an internationally recognized justice system similar to the village laws of british people that we call democracy. Please be specific.


  • Raj Kafir
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:46AM

    Pakistanis are worried about beating India in a stupid game of cricket.


  • UK
    Mar 20, 2014 - 5:58PM

    @Raj Kafir:

    Looks like they are worried about beating India in rapes as well. Pakistan can win in cricket sometimes, but no chance beating India in rapes.


  • B
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:50PM

    Wait and watch. It will surpass it.


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