Home » , » Cleric gave death palenty to six in Kohistan arrested

Cleric gave death palenty to six in Kohistan arrested

Written By Ali Awan on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 05:32

Kohistan cleric arrested over dancing death decree
Police on Tuesday arrested the cleric accused of sentencing six people including four women and two children to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country.

“Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it,” local administration official Aqal Badshah Khattak told AFP.

“The cleric has said he had no role in the decree and his name was misused,” Khattak said.

Police told AFP on Monday that clerics sentenced four women and two children to death after mobile phone footage emerged of them enjoying themselves at a village wedding in the mountains of Kohistan district, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of the capital Islamabad.

The children and women had allegedly danced and sung together in Gada village, in defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings.

But on Tuesday, district police chief Abdul Majeed Afridi said it appeared to be a case of tribal rivalry and an attempt to defame a family.

The police chief said the video was recorded three years ago and then edited in an attempt to implicate the party goers. “I am satisfied that there is no danger to the life of the girls,” he said.

کوہستان:ناچنے پرجرگے نے 4خواتین 2لڑکوں کوموت کی سزا سنادی   
کوہستان میں شادی میں ناچنے پر جرگے نے چار خواتین اور دو لڑکوں کو موت کی سزا سنادی، سزا سنے کے بعد دونوں لڑکے فرار ہوگئے جبکہ گھروں میں قید خواتین کی بازیابی کیلئے پولیس حرکت میں آ گئی ہے۔
ISLAMABAD: Police on Tuesday arrested a cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country.
"Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it," local administration official Aqal Badshah Khattak told.
"The cleric has said he had no role in the decree and his name was misused," Khattak said.
Police told on Monday that clerics sentenced four women and two men to death after mobile phone footage emerged of them enjoying themselves at a village wedding in the mountains of Kohistan district, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of the capital Islamabad.
The men and women had allegedly danced and sung together in Gada village, in defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings.
But on Tuesday, district police chief Abdul Majeed Afridi said it appeared to be a case of tribal rivalry and an attempt to defame a family.
He said the video was recorded three years ago and then edited in an attempt to implicate the party goers.
"I am satisfied that there is no danger to the life of the girls," he said.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women and girls were murdered last year after being accused of defaming their family's honour.
The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens. (AFP)

0 comments:

Post a Comment