As evidenced by the opposition of Muslim scholars, practices like these are not sanctioned by Islam. But it must be honestly acknowledged, particularly by Islamic reformers in Pakistan and elsewhere, that the devaluation of women in Islam contributes to this kind of thinking. From News 24, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
Islamabad – A bride was gang-raped by her groom’s friends on the first night of their marriage with her in-laws’ consent in the southern part of Pakistan’s Punjab province, a news report said on Monday.
The daily Times said Mujahid Hussain and his family allowed the bride, Kaneez Kubra, to be dishonoured in revenge for her brother’s crime of having sexual relations with their daughter.
The bride’s father, Ghulam Hussain, said four persons sexually assaulted his daughter in front of his son-in-law in his house in Punjab.
But her ordeal did not end there. Ghulam Hussain said on the following day she was taken to the residence of another friend and assaulted again.
Kubra was married to Mujahid last month on the directives of Panchayat (local jury) after it found her brother guilty of having illicit relations with Mujahid’s sister.
In Pakistan’s tribal and rural Punjab, women are married without their consent in compensation for the crime committed by their male family members to settle the dispute under “Swara” and “Vani” customs.
Human rights activists and Muslim scholars have opposed these customs and asked the government to take action against them…
In 2002, eight young women, including two sisters aged two and four, escaped vani marriages near the Punjab city of Mianwali after the Supreme Court of Pakistan said the practice violated the law and norms of civilised society.