Ulema in Khost ban blood feud marriages, hefty bride price
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Religious scholars and tribal elders in Tanai district of southern Khost province on Tuesday agreed to ban giving girls into marriages to settle disputes ranging from debts to murder.
A tribal elder, Hakim Wali, told Pajhwok Afghan News that religious scholars and tribal elders by reaching an agreement had decided to ban the practice of “bad” and demanding heavy bride price and dowry costs from the groom’s family.
The elder said these practices were un-Islamic and that they would not allow anybody in the district to hand over women as brides for dispute settlement or demand above 300,000 afghanis in dowry expenses.
He warned those violating the agreement would be kicked out from tribe and no one would attend their marriages and obituaries.
Kamila Akbari, a civil society activist, said similar agreements reached in other districts of the province would help reduce violence against women.
She urged religious scholars in other areas of the province to enter such agreements for the sake of improvement in women’s situation.
Earlier, tribal elders and religious scholars had reached such accords in Khost, but they could not implement them.
Meanwhile, commenting on the agreement, Anar Kali Hunaryar, a lawmaker, said women should not be made scapegoats for men’s crimes.
Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar also welcomed the step and said elders and religious scholars in other areas should also ban the practice of “bad” and the hefty bride price of a traditional betrothal.
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