Islamabad: 4 Kohistani women killed for ‘staining honour’
ISLAMABAD: The four women among the six persons sentenced to death by jirga elders on May 28 were killed on June 3 in a remote area some 80km away from Kohistan, according to reports. Local reporters and one Abdur Rehman — a nephew of former MPA Mulana Asmatullah — confirmed the news of the deaths while speaking to The News; meanwhile, local police officials and the Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa government continue to deny that the incident ever took place.
According to details, a tribal jirga in a remote area of northern Pakistan condemned four women and two men to death for “staining the honour” of their families by singing and dancing at a local wedding, and tasked 40 young men to carry out the execution. The women, who were all married, were called from the homes of their in-laws and locked up in a room in the Seertaiy village of Kohistan. The two men accused by the jirga managed to flee before action could be taken against them.
Earlier, district police chief Abdul Majeed Afridi confirmed the jirga’s verdict and assured the accused that all available resources would be utilised to stop the executions. A local resident told The News that the provincial government had intentionally tried to deny the killings so as to avert a massive crisis in case human rights organisations discovered the truth. It has also been learnt that the four women — Sehreen Jaan, Begum Jaan, Bazigha and Amna — had all been subjected to physical and mental torture even though they had not committed any major crime, and that after their execution they were buried without a proper Islamic funeral.
While the provincial government and local police continue to deny the deaths of the four women, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has taken suo moto of the heinous crime.
A local resident told reporters that if the women were still alive, then they should be produced before the court and the people of the area.
When contacted, the information minister refused to comment on the matter.