Five Women Buried Alive

Five Women Buried Alive in Balouchistan

Posted by Muhammad Khan Jamali :
Wed Sep 3, 2008

Dear Fellows
Every year in Pakistan hundreds of women, of all ages and in all parts of the country, are reported killed in the name of honour. Many more cases go unreported. Almost all go unpunished. The lives of millions of women in Pakistan are circumscribed by traditions, which enforce extreme seclusion and submission to men many of whom impose their virtually proprietary control over women with violence. For the most part, women bear the traditional male control over every aspect of their bodies, speech and behavior with stoicism, as part of their kismat (fate), but exposure to media, the work of women’s rights groups and the greater degree of mobility have seen the beginnings of women’s rights awareness seep into the secluded world of women.

In continuation of these awful practices recently five women, including three minors, were buried alive in the remote of the Balochistan on the charges of choosing their life partners on their free will and not obeying the tribal tradition. It is also of very grave concern that still the parallel judicial process is continued in the Pakistan in the name of Jirga which was banned by the higher courts of the country. Due to the powerful persons involvement, the police is avoiding to register the case of killing of five women since the first week of July 2008.

According to the information received, all five women left their home for a civil court at Usta Mohammad, district Jafarabad, so that three of the girls could marry the men of their choice. Their decision to have marriage in court was the result of several days of discussions with the elders of the tribe who refused them permission to marry. The names of two younger girls were not ascertained because of strong control of tribal leaders in the area.

As the news of their plans leaked out, a brother of the minister came with more than six persons and abducted them at gun point. They were taken to another remote area, Nau Abadi, in the vicinity of Baba Kot. After reaching the deserted area of Nau Abadi, the companions took the three younger women and beat them before allegedly opening fire with their guns. The girls were seriously injured but were still alive at that moment. The brother of minister and his accomplices hurled them into a wide ditch and covered them with earth and stones. When two older women protested and tried to stop the burial of the girls that were plainly alive the attackers were so angry that they also pushed the women into the ditch and buried them alive. After completing the burial they fired several shots into the air so that no one would come close.

It is disturbing for us that anyone could be so inhumanly cruel as to bury someone alive. It is an established fact that a vehicle of the provincial government was used in the incident and that is why no police officer has dared to file a case against the perpetrators.

Pirbhat Womens Development Society strongly condemns the brutal killing and burial of innocent women; and, in view of that no doubt this act is a sheer violation of human rights and bears witness to the attitude of Government authorities and feudals toward the marginalized Women.

Owing to this, Pirbhat has started a massive struggle to put pressure on government authorities to take legal action against the powerful tribal leaders. Pirbhat has organized demonstration rallies at Ghotiki, Jacobabad and Shahdadkot, and intends to continue this struggle unless justice is provided in the matter

Pirbhat strongly urges the Human rights organizations, women rights organizations and other civil society to come forward and raise their voice for justice, and write to the relevant authorities condemning the inaction of law enforcement agencies in bringing justice to this case.

We also appeal to the government to employ all means to re-establish the rule of law in the country.

Intervention must be made to investigate and bring to an end the committing of such torture, assault and murders that are grave crimes against humanity.

Muhammad Khan Jamali

Reproduced from CMKP Digest Number 1596

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  1. I am shocked to read about the news. How can human beings be so unkind towards thier own people that they dare bury women alive. I am a woman but I can say that these men are less than beast, whom when we humans give love and affection show us thier kindness and gratitude (dogs).Those men have taken birth from the womb of women!!!!


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