Balkh clerics declare blood feud marriages illegal
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Religious scholars in northern Balkh province on Sunday declared as illegal the practice of giving girls into marriages to settle disputes.
The scholars asked people to be part of a campaign aimed at eliminating the harmful traditional practice, called “Bad.”
Besides the clerics, lawmakers from Balkh and dozens of civil society activists, who gathered at the provincial council office at the invitation of Literary Movement of Balkh, expressed their support for Khan Wali Adil’s campaign against Bad.
Khan Wali Adil, a youth from south-eastern Paktia province, has erected a tent protesting against giving girls in Bad to settle conflicts.
A member of the lower house or Wolesi Jirga’s judicial commission, Mohammad Abda, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the gathering that Adil had risen for a legitimate struggle and he should be supported.
He said the practice of blood feud marriages was still common in many provinces of Afghanistan and no one took measures required to prevent the harmful tradition.
He said the practice was banned under Afghanistan’s laws but some people violated the laws and kept the tradition alive.
The lawmakers promised to raise the issue at the national assembly and echo Khan Wali Adil’s campaign and demand.
Afghanistan Ulema Council member Mohsin Danesh also attended the gathering and described all forms of violence against women as illegal in Islamic rules.
“Trading a human being, giving girls in Bad and violence against women are practices prohibited in Islam and are unacceptable.”
He believed media’s role in elimination of such bad traditions was crucial and said the media should broadcast programmes creating awareness about such practices.
Balkh Literary Movement leadership member Ghulam Rasool Malakzai hailed efforts by Khan Wali Adil and said they were united in fighting against the Bad practice.
He said Afghanistan always stood against every kind of injustice and made all out efforts at preventing such practices.
He asked the government to prosecute perpetrators who subjected women to violence.
Yesterday, there were also meetings calling for prevention of blood feud marriages taking place in some provinces of Afghanistan.
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