MPs support live burial

Three young Pakistani women (and by some reports, two older women as well) were recently shot, dragged to a pit and then buried alive…because they refused to marry men chosen for them by their tribe.

In Pakistan’s national parliament, an MP from Baluchistan, Israrullah Zehri, said in late August 2008 that "this action was carried out according to tribal traditions", a view backed up by some other male lawmakers, who attacked a female Senator who had raised the case.

"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Zehri said.

The killings happened in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan.

Although so-called honour killings are not unusual, burying the victims alive seems to have been brutal even by tribal standards.

See story in CLArion September 2008 at:
http://www.cla.asn.au/page/clarion.php

Odd Spot report with help from The Guardian (London) at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/01/pakistan

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