Six get death for being at mixed-gender event

Six get death for being at mixed-gender event

Pak: Jirga says they ‘stained honour’ of families by dancing together at wedding

A tribal ‘jirga’ or council in Hazara division in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has condemned four women and two men to death for “staining the honour” of their families by singing and dancing at a wedding,a media report said Monday.

The six were allegedly caught on tape singing and dancing at a wedding in violation of the tribal custom of gender segregation,The Express Tribune reported.

The women,all married,have been locked up in a room in Seertaiy village of Kohistan district. The men managed to flee. The jirga has tasked 40 young men to kill the men and women. “A jirga has declared them Ghul (fornicators). And they might be killed any time,” said Muhammad Afzal,brother of oen of the men.

Afzal said the women allegedly sang folk songs at the wedding,which took place about two months ago,and danced in the presence of ‘na-mehram’,those who one can marry in Islam.


The tribe has raised Rs 400,000 for litigation that may ensue from killing of the men and women.

Abdul Majeed Afridi,the local police chief,confirmed the jirga had condemned the six people to death.

“I have spoken to the tribal elders and I will utilise all resources to stop these executions,” he said.

Afridi said he had sent a police party to Seertaiy to recover the women.