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By Samar Minallah | News & Politics | Published 16 years ago
The custom of sar paisa is prevalent in some parts of NWFP. The bridegroom, so that you can marry, will pay a big amount of cash to your girl’s moms and dads. This custom transforms her into an item of financial value, devoid of thoughts or emotions. This living, breathing item of value can in fact be offered and re-sold for an increased price — without a family’s ‘honour’ being at risk. In reality, the greater her value, the greater ‘honour’ her family members gains.
Maimoona from Parachinar finished up in Kohat jail whenever she declined become juggled in one guy to some other for an increased cost. She had been offered down to her relative for 50,000 rupees in wedding. Meanwhile, her paternal relative got an offer of one-and-a-half lakh rupees, that he easily accepted on her behalf behalf without her permission.
The choice that is only before Maimoona would be to escape along with her spouse. Having no written evidence of their appropriate wedding, they wound up in Kohat prison. Maimoona’s brothers and cousins that are paternal attempting their finest to have her out from the prison to be able to regain their lost honour and cash.
Niyaz Khela, who’s inside her late fifties, belongs to Karak. She had been downered down in wedding to a person much older to her. Nevertheless in her teenagers then, her spouse would often beat her over trivial issues. So that you can getting away from life of misery, she eloped with another guy who she had met while she had opted to fetch water.
Needing to select from the chances of being killed and residing a full life of torment with a person that would continue steadily to mistreat her, Niyaz Khela find the previous.
Barefoot, without any product control, she, along togetthe woman with her paramour, hid within the crevices of this tough hills of Karak, dodging the killers that chased her. “The gunshots failed to frighten me personally because we preferred death to going back to a husband that is abusive” says Niyaz Khela. Nonetheless, after 2 yrs of hiding, Niyaz Khela’s 2nd spouse handled to pay for 10,000 rupees to her ex-husband, that has been twice the quantity initially compensated by the very first husband as ‘bride cost. ’ In this manner not merely had been their pride elated but his missing ‘honour’ ended up being additionally regained by means of economic revenue.
In Karak, a married girl has a greater cost available in the market because her ex-husband, if alive, has got to be compensated for his monetary loss. Unless, he’s provided an increased price than exactly what he previously initially taken care of the lady, he gets pighore (taunt) through the community.
If cash is perhaps not compensated as payment, the male perpetrator is normally killed therefore the girl repaid towards the moms and dads, whom decide to try yet again to marry her off. The amount of money they get from her 2nd wedding is paid down to her aggrieved ex-husband.
Hence, right right here, more guys are killed such offences because a female, whether or not she’s abandoned or divorced because of the spouse, nevertheless has an amount available in the market. The person can be acquitted if he pays plenty of cash as settlement to your party that is aggrieved. Consequently honour, in this context, is connected more to wide range than to one’s ethical behavior.
As Niyaz Khela confirms, ‘Moozh watan topak that is kay paisa balaa dee, ’ (inside our town firearms and cash are leaders! ). It’s been a lot more than four years since Niyaz Khela abandoned her town and settled in Islamabad being a financial migrant. Her 2nd spouse left her for the next girl who he purchased at a affordable cost.
Staying in a tiny ghetto, exercising her customs in a foreign land, Niyaz Khela needed to strive to marry off her three kids, all on the very own. She worked as a labourer, making bricks when it comes to high-rise buildings of Islamabad to pay for for a bride for starters of her sons. On her younger son, a bride was got by her in swarra (change of females) being a trade together with her very very very own child.
It really is interesting that while honour could be tarnished with a small slide of behavior, traditions like swarra and sar paisa, where a lady can be used being a item of value or a musical instrument of creating alliances, bring honour. Niyaz Khela, like a number of other Pukhtuns, does not have any option but to adhere to the traditions her forefathers practiced. If a Pakhtun does not act relating to Pakhtunwali, she or he is not any longer considered a dhroon Pakhtun (an honourable Pakhtun). It’s very difficult also for a tremendously gallant Pakhtun to handle the venomous pighore. The only method to free oneself through the wrath of pighore is always to show his/her allegiance to ‘Pakhunwali’(the Pakhtun rule of conduct), which may also be during the cost of someone’s life.