Live burial of women is part of “tribal custom”

The peer eds had some great conversation and an amazing game of Apples to Apples at the potluck tonight. One super interesting topic discussed (aside from Palin and her anti-feminism) was the live burnings and burials of women, part of the traditions and customs of their regions (often part of a duty towards a husband).

Anyway, I thought this was a dated practice; but it turns out that a Pakistani Senator defended it in the upper house just this Friday:

ISLAMABAD, Aug 29: Balochistan Senator Sardar Israrullah Zehri stunned the upper house on Friday when he defended the recent incident of burying alive three teenage girls and two women in his province, saying it was part of “our tribal custom.”

Senator Bibi Yasmin Shah of the PML-Q raised the issue citing a newspaper report that the girls, three of them aged between 16 and 18 years, had been buried alive a month ago for wishing to marry of their own will.

Um, yikes. Definitely not a far stretch from the oppression that the Well-Women saw last year in Deepa Mehta’s Water. Read the rest of the article here.

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