Misogyny in Haripur

Published: July 31, 2011

It is most unfortunate that two women were punished in the most ruthless manner possible.

It’s been almost one-and-a-half months since SB, the victim of a local jirga’s so-called justice, was made to flee from her village Neelor Bala near Haripur, after suffering the unbearable humiliation of being stripped and paraded naked.

The woman was punished in this most horrific manner by four armed men, all brothers and wielding considerable influence locally, because her son and a relative were accused of sexually assaulting the wife of one of the perpetrators.

The matter was taken to a local jirga which decided that the woman who had been raped – and apparently become pregnant — was now “haram” — and that her husband and his clan were free to settle scores in the manner of their choosing.

First, the woman who had allegedly been raped was divorced by her husband and thrown out of the house. She was also told that she would not be entitled to any money from her former husband’s side and that the child born thereafter would also get no financial support of any kind.

After that the men tried to get hold of the alleged rapist but they could not locate him. Instead, they went to SB’s house, stripped her naked and paraded her through the village. After that she was forced out from her home and told to leave the village.

It is most unfortunate that as a result of all that has happened, two women were punished in the most ruthless manner possible.

SB is now living in a house provided by the provincial government, in the colony of a now-defunct industrial unit. Her husband used to work as a driver in Lahore but lost his job because of what happened. Their financial condition is, as a result, so bad that their three daily meals are being paid for by the government as well.

The other woman, who was allegedly raped and became pregnant, is living with her parents. She has an aging father who is the family’s sole breadwinner and works at a tandoor in Rawalpindi. Often she has no money to even pay for the bus to go from her village into Haripur city.

Muhammad Sadaqat

Muhammad Sadaqat

A correspondent for The Express Tribune in Haripur.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Rozina Somani

    Sad and unfortunate… The illiteracy is making us behave like animals… Our society is portraying no signs of humanism,Recommend

  • k.k

    Astaghfirullah…Recommend

  • Umni

    This recent happening and many others like these show the ugly face of our scoiety as whole. It is unfortunate but true.
    Why don’t we use this blog as a platform and generate some funds for both the families. I am sure in the Holy month of Ramadhan many would be willing to contribute generously. Surely we need to do more than just feel sad or bad. Lets rehabilitate the victims and their families.Recommend

  • parvez

    Our law enforcement agencies and our judicial system are a disgrace. Recommend

  • Zafar karachiwala

    Proud to be a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Tanoli

    Sh….te there is no body in victom family to take revange there are cases in KP as welll
    revange too.Recommend

  • Tanoli

    @ UMNI # Mohammad sadaqat sahab
    Umni is gave a good idea if there is any thing we can do.Recommend

  • N

    @tanoli, umni
    that is very thoughtful and definately a positive approach of dealing with such news
    however, how do u plan on locating these two women, and dont u think it best if the public did not find out abt their true identities.
    in this case i would suggest that an ngo be contacted and donations should be made to themRecommend

  • SN

    Astaghfirullah, May Allah punish these beasts!Recommend

  • a r modak

    this is kangaroo justice…..and to think that it emanates from our country -a muslim one…..islam does not approve of the meting out of such justice/this traditional ruling shoul be outlawed-there is no greater law than what is stipulated-in the legislature of a country, which obviously will be aligned to the dictates of islamic requirements-considering that this is after all, a muslim one.Recommend

  • Talat Qurayshi

    This is a shameful and deplorable act. Where is the grassroot activism that is required to educate both men and women about how to treat each other in a fair manner? Instead, we find the superficial agendas of the upper and upper middle class women taking up precious column inches in our esteemed national dailies, even the Express Tribune (Blog section). Frankly, it detracts from and trivialises the real issues that need to be addressed, such as the sorry and horrible treatment of poor and truly weak women such as this. But caution is in order too. While the laws are promulgated to aid women, they must be written to be gender neutral, to work in the event, a man is subjected to a similar situation (although, in our highly misogynistic society, that is well nigh rare). However, equality for women, must also by definition, be equality for men. And all laws must be clearly gender-neutral. Only then, can they be given iron teeth and be enforced all around … over men and women both. And the sad occurrence of such situations / events can be stopped comprehensively. Recommend

  • http://sheeraz1022.wordpress.com Sheeraz

    Astaghfirullah..

    May Allah guide us to the right path and help us in every walk of life. I am highly inspired by the comments of readers. I believe, there will be huge number of people willing to donate for those families. Recommend

  • Javeria Mahmood

    may God curse these animals Recommend

  • Meena Ali

    This story has been discussed a lot of times. What”s done is done, instead of helping the victims, these issues are being highlighted again and again just to gain cheap publicity. Tribune I think you should change your agendas and focus on how to help those victims rather than just to sell your newspaper through these issues.Recommend

  • Amjad

    @Zafar karachiwala: What does this have to do with being Pakistani? When s criminal commits a horrible act in Norway or US or Austria, do they speak like you? Yes there are bad people in our society who need to be educated but it shows we need to work more to provide support to abused women. If you think there are no abused women in Western countries, then you need to see more of the world!Recommend

  • Waqar

    Where are so called humen right NGO’s……??

    When matters comes of asia bibi or any person who makes fun of islamic values.. all these NGO’s comes in to save that person. Our news papers becomes black with debates.. but when ill face of society is shown by such incident all these foreign funded NGO’s become silent…………. What a great work these NGO’s are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend