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Pakistan: Take Action against Jirga’s That Triger Violence Against Women - Statement by National Commission on the Status of Women

25 June 2011

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NCSW Press Release

Islamabad

Date: - 23-06-2011

NCSW shocked at Mardan incident and urges authorities to register FIR against Jirga

The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) is shocked and horrified at the recent incident in Mardan, where a young girl was first brutally stoned and later shot to death. This is the most gruesome act of violence against women in the country. This violent action was taken on the behest of Jirga, which decided this penalty for the unfortunate young woman, who wanted to live life of her own choice.

The NCSW considers this an extreme act of brutality and urge the authorities not only to punish the culprits who took part in this heinous crime but also the Jirga which has been the main driving force behind such biased, brutal and wild decisions against women. Such decisions of Jirga’s are so rampant and there is no anybody to challenge their authority.

The Commission strongly appeals to the government of Khyber Pukhtun Khuwa to show same commitment and resolve which it has shown in the case of Neelor Bala incident. To prevent such heinous crimes against women in society, the law has to take its due course on the Jirga’s and eliminate its illegal judicious role which has resulted in gross violation of women’s rights.

National Commission on the Status of Women—Pakistan
- Government of Pakistan
- House 39, Street 56, Sector F—6/4
- Islamabad — Pakistan 44000
- Phone: +92—51—9224875,9209885
- Fax: +92-51—9224877
- www.ncsw.gov.pk