Pakistani tribal elders demand girl as payment for poker debt
posted at 11:07 am on February 27, 2007 by Allahpundit
It’d make a great movie. Except the tribal elders would be changed to American defense contractors and the whole thing would be presented as an allegory on the war on terror. Starring Sean Penn as the “good” contractor who wonders “what the hell we’re doing here, man.”
Police are seeking 10 men, including several tribal elders, accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt, officials said Tuesday.
In the latest case highlighting how conservative customs threaten women’s rights in Pakistan, Nooran Umrani alleges that, despite paying off her late husband’s debt of $165, she was threatened with harm if she failed to hand over her daughter, Rasheeda…
Umrani said her husband was a gambler who ran up the debt at a poker game when Rasheeda was 1 year old. He promised Haider that he would get Rasheeda in lieu of payment when she grew up, the mother said…
He said a group of elders from the tribe came to Hyderabad in January to investigate the case and had ruled that, under tribal custom, the girl should be married to Haider’s 23-year-old son Abdul Ghani.
Police want to arrest the elders, [Koral Shah, a Hyderabad police officer,] said.