Man campaigning against forced marriages warns of suicide
KABUL (Pajhwok): A young man from southeastern Paktia province, who pitched tents in Kabul in protest against forced marriage for four months, ended his protest on Sunday, blasting the government for ignoring his demand.
Khan Wali Adil, who has been trying for several months to eradicate the evil of giving away girls to sort out disputes, removed the tent he had erected near the parliament buildingtoday.
“I understand I should no longer waste my time explaining my demands to the government. My only demand is an end to this negative custom, but the government’s negligence has given rise to unwholesome traditions,” he remarked.
Adil has decided to begin the campaign from his own family and work together with community members to curb the custom. He is carrying out his new campaign under the slogan “Public war on tyrannical marriages’.
While seeking support from tribal elders, Adilurged Ulema and prayer leaders not to attend forced marriage ceremonies.He warned of committing suicide if people did not join his campaign within a week.
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