Weddings are always a great event to attend. There’s just so much love and excitement in the room that if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself catching that excitement and start daydreaming when your big day will arrive if it hasn’t happened for you yet. But for these next guests who attended a wedding recently, their joy has been short lived. Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police said on Monday.
Pakistani authorities said that the local clerics within the area issued a decree after obtaining video footage of the six people having fun at the wedding. Punishment was declared because of the strict tribal laws that separate men and women at weddings.
“The local clerics issued a decree to kill all four women and two men shown in the video,” district police officer Abdul Majeed Afridi said.It was decided that the men will be killed first, but they ran away so the women are safe for the moment. I have sent a team to rescue them.”
He also went on to state, “All of them were shown separately in the video. I’ve seen the video,” he said. “This is tribal enmity. The video has been engineered to defame the tribe.”
Pakistani women are often treated as second class citizens, with at least 943 women and girls executed last year for allegedly bringing shame and disgrace to their family. It really is sad that such a joyous event has turned out to be so tragic for some of the guests that arrived.
As I stated earlier, weddings are supposed to be fun and I can not imagine attending a wedding where I’m “banned” from mingling with the opposite sex; that’s part of the enjoyment! It’s 2012 for goodness sake! Isn’t the Pakistani government reacting too harshly or they should keep this cultural movement going?