Jirga declares woman Kari, smacks fine on man involving girl-child

Illegal Jirga implements ‘Swara’, and involves a 3-Year old child in the deal.

Khadijah Shah

KHAIRPUR, PAKISTAN, Oct 4: A married woman was allegedly declared kari in a Jirga and it was decided that she should be killed while the man alleged to be Karo was asked to pay Rs 100,000 ($US 1316) and a girl’s hand as fine.

According to sources, a Jirga was held between two groups of Lashari community under the supervision of area notable Ashiq Abbasi near Razidero, Gambat taluka, about a week ago.

The woman Naheed Lashari was allegedly declared kari whereas the man alleged to be Karo, Aziz Lashari, was asked to pay Rs 100,000 ($US 1316) and marry his three-year-old niece Farzana with one Naseer 5, as fine.

Ghulam Abbas, husband of accused woman along with his family members, relatives and father-in-law, reached Razidero press club on Friday evening and staged a protest.

He told ROD that his wife was not a Kari and added that his wife was missing after the Jirga decision and he suspected that she has been kidnapped. He added that he had declared on oath in the Jirga that his wife was not kari. He demanded of the concerned authorities to recover his wife
and provide her security.

When contacted on cell phone, Mian Ashiq Abbasi told newsmen of Gambat that he has neither supervised any jirga nor he has given any such decision.

Sources stated that area police raided various villages on Saturday to arrest Lashari community persons who are accused of holding Jirga but no arrest was made and no case was registered till the filing of this report on Saturday.

DPO Khairpur has directed SPO Sobhodero to hold an inquiry into the matter and find Ms Naheed Lashari as well as to provide her security.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

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