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By Samar Minallah | News & Politics | Published 16 years back

The custom of sar paisa is prevalent in some parts of NWFP. The bridegroom, to be able to marry, will pay a sum that is large of to your girl’s parents. This custom transforms her into an item of economic value, devoid of thoughts or emotions. This living, breathing item of value can in fact be offered and re-sold for a greater price — without having a family’s ‘honour’ being at risk. The more ‘honour’ her family gains in fact, the higher her value.

Maimoona from Parachinar finished up in Kohat prison when she declined become juggled in one guy to some other for a greater cost. She ended up being 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, which 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 proof their appropriate marriage, they finished up in Kohat prison. Maimoona’s brothers and paternal cousins are trying their utmost to have her out from the prison to be able to regain their lost honour and cash.

Niyaz Khela, that is inside her fifties that are late belongs to Karak. She had been sold down in wedding to a guy much older to her. Still inside her teens then, her spouse would often beat her over trivial things. So that you can escape from life of misery, she eloped with another guy who she had met while she choose to go to fetch water.

Needing to choose from the chances of being killed and residing a full life of torment with a guy that would continue steadily to mistreat her, Niyaz Khela find the previous.

Barefoot, without any product control, she, along together with her paramour, hid into the crevices of this tough hills of Karak, dodging the killers that chased her. “The gunshots would not frighten me personally because I preferred death to returning to an abusive spouse, ” claims Niyaz Khela. Nonetheless, after couple of years of hiding, Niyaz Khela’s husband that is second to pay for 10,000 rupees to her ex-husband, that was twice as much quantity initially compensated by the very first husband as ‘bride cost. ’ In this manner not just was their pride elated but his missing ‘honour’ ended up being additionally regained in the shape of economic revenue.

In Karak, a married woman has a greater cost available in the market because her ex-husband, if alive, needs to be paid for his monetary loss. Unless, he’s provided an increased price than exactly just what he previously initially taken care of the girl, he gets pighore (taunt) through the community.

The male perpetrator is usually killed and the woman sent back to the parents, who try once again to marry her off if money is not paid as compensation. The amount of money they get from her marriage that is second is down to her aggrieved ex-husband.

Therefore, right here, more guys are killed such offences because a lady, no matter if this woman is divorced or abandoned because of the spouse, continues to have an amount on the market. The person may also be acquitted if he will pay plenty of cash as settlement towards the aggrieved celebration. Consequently honour, in this context, is connected more to wide range than to one’s behaviour that is moral.

As Niyaz Khela confirms, ‘Moozh watan kay topak aao paisa balaa dee, ’ (inside our town firearms and cash are giants! ). It’s been a lot more than four years since Niyaz Khela abandoned her town and settled in Islamabad as a migrant that is economic. Her 2nd spouse left her for the next girl who he purchased at a affordable cost.

Residing in a ghetto that is small practicing her traditions in an international land, Niyaz Khela needed to work tirelessly to marry down her three kids, all on her behalf very own. She worked as being a labourer, making bricks when it comes to high-rise structures of Islamabad to pay for a bride for just one of her sons. On her younger son, she got a bride in swarra (change of females) being a trade along with her very very own daughter.

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 is employed as an item of value or a musical instrument of creating alliances, bring honour. Niyaz Khela, like a number of other Pukhtuns, doesn’t have option but to check out the customs her forefathers practiced. In case a Pakhtun does not act relating to Pakhtunwali, he or she is not any longer considered a dhroon Pakhtun (an honourable Pakhtun). It’s very difficult also for a really gallant Pakhtun to manage the pighore that is venomous. The only method to free oneself through the wrath of pighore would be to show his/her allegiance to ‘Pakhunwali’(the Pakhtun rule of conduct), which may also be in the cost of someone’s life.