Monday, September 1, 2008

Politician defends live burials of women

A POLITICIAN in Pakistan has defended a decision by south-western tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned MPs to spare him their outrage.

"These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them," Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan, said yesterday.

"Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid."

The women, three of them teenagers, were first shot and then thrown into a ditch.

They were still breathing as their bodies were covered with mud, according to media reports, which said their "crime" was wishing to marry men of their own choosing.


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