Monday, February 26, 2007

A Poor Pakistani Teenage Girl's Living Nightmare.

A teenage girl in Hyderabad, southern Pakistan, whose late father lost her in a poker game when she was two years old, has asked authorities to save her from being handed over to a middle-aged relative.

Rasheeda, 17, said she has filed applications with the police and a local councillor asking them to prevent Lal Haider, 45, from taking her to his home.

Her mother, Nooran said her husband racked up a debt of 10 000 Pakistan rupees to Haider playing cards. "My husband didn't have money to pay, and instead he told Lal Haider that he could take Rasheeda when she grows up," she said.

Despite being paid his money last year, she said Haider still insisted the girl should be given to him because of tribal customs. While both families live in Hyderabad, a city 160km north of the southern city of Karachi, they belong to the same tribe in Baluchistan province.

The girl's uncle, Dur Mohammad said Haider apparently wanted to marry the girl to his son.

Khalid Rajput, a local councillor dealing with the case, said the decision that Rasheeda should be handed over to Haider was taken late last week at a tribal council meeting. "We know some tribal elders from Baluchistan came for the meeting in which the girl's family was told to give her as per their customs," he said.

Irfan Bhutto, a police officer in Hyderabad, said Haider had been summoned. We will ensure the girl does not have anything to do against her will." (Independent Online)

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Blogger MarinaM said...

Unfortunately this is not an unusual occurrence in Pakistan. As women in many of the poor tribal areas are seen only as property, many are killed if they are seen to dishonour their family (often by choosing who they want to marry, rather than who their father chooses). The tragic story of Mukhtaran Mai is one of the most famous.See

11:38 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds just like slavery to me!
Every individual has worth no matter who the person is!
What kind of father was that man who could do such a horrible thing?
Those people need to leave the 10th century, and become a little more enlightened.

1:21 PM GMT+8  

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