Motion filed in Senate against killing of 100 women

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

By Mumtaz Alvi

ISLAMABAD: Opposition on Monday filed an adjournment motion with the Senate Secretariat, seeking an in-house debate on the reports of killing of 100 women in Sindh under the tag of “Kari”.

Jamaat-e-Islami Senators Prof Khurshid Ahmad, Prof Muhammad Ibrahim, Dr Muhammad Saad, Dr Kausar Firdous and Aafia Zia signed the motion. They contended in the motion that it was alarming that the poor parents in various parts of Sindh were not only being deprived of their daughters under “Kari”, but also being forced to leave their homes because of the powerful and influential landlords of the province.

Quoting media reports, they noted that during the past two years, as many as 100 young girls and women had been murdered and their graves were unearthed recently. The legislators pointed out that the unearthing of the graves exposed the reign of terror unleashed in the province by the high and mighty landlords.

They said the gory practice was against the Islamic Shariah and the law. They described the custom of “Kari” an oppressive one and called for the Senate chairman to initiate a debate on the matter, suspending the routine business of the house.

If the motion was found in order, the chair could allow a two-hour debate on the issue, as the upper house of parliament was expected to meet in the third week of October.

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