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Arrest all Jirga members, SC orders

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Friday directed the Sukkur District Police Officer to arrest all remaining accused involved in giving away, under the tradition of Sangchati, 12 teenaged girls and Rs2.2 million as compensation to the families of four murdered people.

Sangchati is a mode of dispute settlement in which young girls of the offender’s family are wedded to the men of the victim family as compensation.The three-member bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, heard the petition moved by human rights activist and anthropologist, Samar Minallah, against the un-Islamic traditions of Swara, Wani and Sangchati in different parts of the country.

Minallah has made the Federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Women’s Development, Social Welfare and Special Education through its secretary and Ministry of Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs as respondents. Sukkur DPO told the court that two out of the 18 people of the jirga arrested.

Source: The News

Date:5/28/2011

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