MIANWALI: An innocent girl of 5th class has been sacrificed at the altar of vani to compensate for the ‘sin’ committed by her cousin, Mehr Bibi, the grandmother of vani victim Asia, said at a press conference.
The elderly woman from Chah Ograll village said her family was forced by so-called notables of the area, especially Namal Union Council Nazim Malik Allah Yar, to give Asia’s hand to the brother of the girl who wedded Asia’s cousin after elopement with him. Asia’s marriage was solemnised in line with the vani tradition.
Asia’s cousin Muhammad Saleem wedded Ishrat of his village after she eloped with him three months ago. Instead of reporting the matter to the police, Ishrat’s family contacted the ‘notables’ to settle the issue.
Mehr Bibi said that initially Allah Yar suggested that both Saleem and Ishrat should be killed as per the tradition of the area. Later, he reviewed his suggestion and told Saleem’s family to wed his minor cousin Asia with Ishrat’s brother.
Mehr Bibi said she adopted Asia after the death of her mother soon after her birth.