“Honor” demands their lives
“[T]heir union was almost immediately ruled a breach of Islamic-tribal law.” “A young couple is in hiding after a tribal court sentenced them to death,” from Stop Honor Killings, March 2 :
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that two young Pakistanis who chose to marry out of their tribal boundaries are currently in hiding, after the leaders of both tribes sentenced them to death in a jirga, or tribal court. The pair has a baby, and the husband’s family members have since been beaten and robbed by the rival tribe, with two relatives abducted. The couple narrowly escaped with their lives, and now either need significant protection from the government, or help to leave the country.
Ms. Saira Jatoi, 22, and Mr Mohammad Ismail Soomro, 30, met and married in May 2007. However their union was almost immediately ruled a breach of Islamic-tribal law by the leader of the woman’s Jatoi tribe, originally from Balochistan. The feudal lords demanded that they both, as Karo-Kari (‘black marked’), be handed back by the husband’s tribe for an honour killing. According to the wife, Saira, she had earlier rejected a potential husband proposed by her parents, an elderly, wealthy man of her own tribe, and had been severely beaten and tortured at home as a result. Ismail Soomro agreed to marry her and the ceremony took place in Sukkur on the 15 June, 2007. Realising the danger, the two moved away from their tribal areas and kept a low profile, however in July of that year a Jatoi jirga was held, lead [sic] by Sardar Abid Hussain Jatoi, and the couple were condemned to death in absentia…