ISLAMABAD, March 16: The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed concern over non-implementation of its orders to the provincial police chiefs to stop the practice of marriage as compensation under the Vani and Sawara customs.

Taking suo motu notice of the recent marriage of one Zarina Bibi of Kalar Kot village in Bhakkar district under the custom of Vani, a bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry directed Punjab Assistant Advocate-General Afshan Ghazanfar to convey the court’s orders to the district police officer concerned.

Zarina, 30, was given away as Vani to one Din Mohammed at the age of seven as compensation for a crime committed by her brother.

Although Din Mohammed married again, he neither gave Zarina the status of a legal wife nor divorced her. She has been living in her father’s house and her family has been pleading with the man to divorce her.

After the court proceedings, the assistant advocate-general contacted the DPO concerned and was told that a case had been lodged and the accused had been arrested.

On Feb 24, the court had ordered the inspectors-general of police of the provinces to adopt concrete measures for protecting Vani victims and put a stop to such marriages.

Samar Minallah, a petitioner in a Sawara case, told the court that her organisation would provide Zarina Bibi legal assistance.

Ms Minallah said her organisation was carrying out research on Sawara in the NWFP with the support of the Gender Equality Project.

The hearing was adjourned till the last week of April.

Opinion

Editorial

IMF’s firm stance
05 Feb, 2023

IMF’s firm stance

THE IMF mission has been in Islamabad since Jan 31 to complete the stalled technical and policy-level talks aimed at...
Grotesque bigotry
05 Feb, 2023

Grotesque bigotry

FREEDOM to profess one’s faith is guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. However, for the country’s Ahmadi...
Kashmir reflections
05 Feb, 2023

Kashmir reflections

ASIDE from Kashmir Day, which the nation is observing today as an official holiday, there are a number of other days...
Crisis conference
Updated 04 Feb, 2023

Crisis conference

PTI's refusal to engage with the govt in such testing times will only be seen as sign of ideological bankruptcy.
Revenge politics
04 Feb, 2023

Revenge politics

A SENSE of déjà-vu prevails as cases pile up against PTI politicians, many of whom, along with their allies and...
Inappropriate remarks
04 Feb, 2023

Inappropriate remarks

OFFICIALS of the state, especially when representing the country at international forums, need to choose their words...