Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In Pakistan ...

Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police said Monday.  Clerics issued a decree after a mobile phone video emerged of the six enjoying themselves in a remote village in the mountainous district of Kohistan, north of Islamabad.

Pakistani authorities in the area said local clerics had ordered the punishment over allegations that the men and women danced and sang together in Gada village, in defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings. 

 "It was decided that the men will be killed first, but they ran away, so the women are safe for the moment", district police officer Abdul Majeed Afridi said, adding that the women had been confined to their homes.

Sadistic, emotional savagery, utterly primitive and malicious, destroying all that is joyful in human nature.  The modern technological conveniences reach even into the possession of medieval-minded holdbacks of another era, helping to entrap those unfortunate and unwary enough to fall into the trap of joy and celebration.

This is a region of Pakistan that remains impassively untouched by the modern era, living out lives of bondage and drudgery for women, as possessions of the men who marry them so they may produce children who will themselves be force-fed the ideology of a religion that demands complete surrender to the divine instructions of a god decreeing the inferior status of half his followers.

Where tribal heritage and religious imperatives are undeniably the fulcrum of daily life, and to defy the authority placed in those who present themselves as arbiters of permissible conduct is to invite condemnation.  Those who sit in judgement of others who step outside the boundaries of social demeanor condemning and sentencing to death, do god's will.. 

The men will doubtless remain unavailable for further punishment, outside exile.

The women will be able to appease the tribal demands of restorative honour only by the sacrifice of their lives, to become an unlamented symbol of what awaits those who defy the heritage of tribalism.

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