Six people sentenced to death in Pakistan for dancing and singing at a wedding
Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police said on 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, 176 kilometres 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. “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 said, adding that the women had been confined to their homes. Afridi said the events stemmed from a dispute between two tribes and that there was no evidence the men and women had been inter-mingling .
“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,” he added.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that last year, at least 943 women and girls were executed for alleged damage to family honor crimes, of which women account for the proportion of the Muslim conservatives, they are often treated as second class citizens.