Paktika jirga decides against blood feud marriages
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Tribal elders in the Zarghun Shar district of southeastern Paktika province on Monday decided to ban giving into marriage girls to settle blood feuds, a practice called ’Bad’.
The decision was announced at a jirga of elders, said Gul Khan, a tribal elder, who attended the jirga.
Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News the jirga had decided that no one in the district would use women to settle disputes.
He said they inherited the practice from their forefathers, but they did a campaign and got rid of it.
The elder said girls given into such marriages lived like maids at their in-laws houses and faced many problems.
He said the practice being un-Islamic and against human rights instead of ending enmities gave birth to more problems.
Mohammad Mukhlis, the Zarghun Shar administrative head, welcomed the decision and told Pajhwok Afghan News that such decisions could play a key role in reducing violence against the gender.
“Our other tribes should also walk the same path and come out of ignorance,” he remarked.
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