Pakistani Senator Calls Killing Women “Tribal Custom”

August 31, 2008

At Twisty’s request, I am bringing attention to this horrible story. Please go read her entire post at I Blame The Patriarchy for more details:

Hold onto your hats.

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.” [cite]

The justification for this appalling hate crime? The women wanted “to marry of their own will.”

The fiends perpetrating this savagery — a group that apparently included some village bigwigs — first wounded the women with gunshots, “in the name of honour.”

I will give you a moment to digest the unspeakable horror.


6 Responses to “Pakistani Senator Calls Killing Women “Tribal Custom””

  1. This actually made me weep. Even with my cold, cold heart.

  2. The difficulty that western feminists have with challenging tribal customs such as this, female circumcision, multiple brides etc, is that many western feminist organizations tend to be white dominated (at least the ones I have been involved with). Why they are white dominated, I do not know, but it has led to a ingrained fear of being “cultural imperialists”. Frankly, I think that is a load of crap. Freedom is Freedom whomever is fighting for it.

  3. George Smiley Says:

    Where redneck authoritariansim leads, if left unchecked.

    At least we can sleep well in the certain knowledge that things like that could neverhappen here.

  4. this country is our leading ally in the war on terror

  5. Diva Says:

    And he’s so blasé about it. Jesus Christ!

  6. Science Bear Says:

    I’ve been called a cold-hearted [insert various profanity here], on multiple occasions, and try not to let the plight of others affect me.. and tpically am quite successful.. but this really just infuriates me. It’s as though he is referring to the roasting of a pig or having turkey on Thanksgiving, not the murder of innocent people!

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