Pakistan “Honor” Killing: Three Teenage Girls Buried Alive for Choosing Their own Husbands….
ISLAMABAD: Three teenage girls along with their two close elderly relatives were shot at before being buried alive in a desert of Balochistan by their tribesmen in the name of honour.
The shocking reports of this horrible incident reaching the capital from different quarters revealed that the girls studying in classes 10 to 12 intended to marry men of their choice through a civil court by defying the centuries-old tribal traditions. When the fuming elders of Umrani tribe came to know about the intentions of these girls to appear before a local court, they picked them up from their homes along with two of their elderly women relatives. The crying girls were pushed into official cars and driven to a deserted area. There they were pushed out of the cars, made to stand in a queue and volleys of shots fired at them.
Three women who tried to help the girls were also killed the same way. A Pakistani politician, Senator Israrullah Zehri, has defended the crime by saying that everything was a “tribal tradition“.
Which leads to another question: just because a tradition has been maintained for centuries, must be kept for the future? Or one should consider if that tradition is OK from another points of view? Humanity, for example.