Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pakistan is a Tribal Society Run by State JIRGA





Why it is so, because law of the land authorizes men to regulate the sexual and physical agency of women.

In continuation to my article related to brutal honor killing in Baluchistan . It is lament to write that we fail to look at the overall crime against women in broader perspective; one should look at from the perspective of repressive ‘Anti Women’ State Law backed religious rationale. Be it tribal or urban society, law of the land authorizes men to regulate the sexual and physical agency of women.

Pakistan ‘broadly speaking’ is still a tribal society in modern attire;

Following argument shared by Nazish Brohi is convincing to me;

The Pakistani state, through the Zina Ordinance which made adultery a crime against the statem, the Qisas and Diyat laws which allow male survivors to pardon murders of women by other male relatives, the requirement of a wali for marriage and consent for marriage and so on, has institutionalized the idea of a male mediator and recognized his authority to regulate a women’s physical and sexual agency.

Above all is morally legitimized by invoking religion as the source.

Why then is there not as much outrage directed against the state as against jirgas?

These too are merely collective or hierarchical decision-making bodies and they invoke custom or tradition when passing discriminatory and misogynistic judgments.
Give it a thought !!

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