Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Mata Khan elders fix bride price at 250,000 afs

Mata Khan elders fix bride price at 250,000 afs

Dec 29, 2013 - 15:18

SHARAN (PANinfo-icon): Tribal elders in the Mata Khan district of southeastern Paktika province have fixed the bride price -- known as vulvar in local parlance -- at 250,000 afghanis ($4,470).

Haji Mohammad Rasul, a tribal elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Sunday the rate had been much higher previously -- much to the chagrin of area people.

“In the past, the bride price was agreed between the families of the bride and groom, but at times the demand was prohibitively high and hence problems for the poor,” he said.

As a result, the local reform council decided to put a ceiling on vulvar and curb lavish spending on wedding ceremonies. The meeting also decided that the consent of girls and widows should be ascertained before marriage in accordance with Islamic teachings.

Anyone violating the consensus decision would be subjected to a cash fine of 200,000 afghanis in addition to a social boycott, the elder said, hoping the move would yield positive results.

Fida Mohammad Samimyar, a Paktika Youth Cultural Societyinfo-icon member, hailed the decision as a wise step toward alleviating the plight of young men and womeninfo-icon.

“Our youth often illegally travel to Iran, Dubai and other countries to earn vulvar. More often than not, they are killed and punished,” he said, explaining many youth remained unmarried for financial reasons.

Religious scholar Syed Rahimullah also welcomed the elders’ decision as a corrective measure that conformed to Islam and Afghan culture. From an Islamic viewpoint, a high bride price is illegal, according to him.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update