Save Her Honor

Salma Malik
Posted March 29, 2018 from Pakistan
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It was a sunny day of October 27, 2017, in a small village of District Dera Ismail Khan, Village Garah Mat, when all people were busy in their routine work except an old grey beard man named Sajawal with a strong family background along with his eight friends, who was wandering in the streets and was thinking about how to take revenge from a poor family consist of six sisters, one brother an old mother who had lost their father ten year back .Old mother was working in the nearby houses to earn bread and butter for the family. (The girl was being humiliating as per plan of old beard man along his eight friends because according to them, her brother had gifted a cell phone to a girl and talked to her by phone which was itself a false allegation against the boy three years back).Sharifan Bibi is the one of the sister of that unfortunate brother named Sajid who was accused for giving mere a mobile phone as gift to the relative girl of that old man named, Sajawal. This was the reason of enmity. This all story is about the Victim sixteen year old girl Sharifan Bibi who had been forced to walk naked through the village streets continuously for three hours . During this, they also dragged the girl in muddy and thorn streets where she got badly injured too.

On 27 October, 2017, as per routine, victim girl Sharifan Bibi was fetching water from a nearby spring along with fellow villagers and on return, about at least nine gunmen coerced her to walk through the streets of the village with no clothes on at the behest of the influential people on account of family feud. These men seized her and started dragging her. Without knowing her crime, the men first tore her shirt and then removed her clothes forcibly. According to eyewitnesses, the armed men did not allow the helpless girl to take a piece of cloth to cover her nor did they let her take refuge in anyone’s house. She was crying for help but no one came to rescue her. Then they took her to a hujra (Local place for gathering) where she was confined. Although the girl Sharifa Bibi was allegedly stripped and paraded publicly to humiliate but as an ironical turn of event, the influential people have lodged an FIR against the girl’s brother so that the family could be pressurized. The girl was humiliated as her brother had gifted a cell phone to a girl and talked to her by phone which was itself a false allegation against the boy. The family of the girl was her family’s rival. The boy was punished for this act some two years back and as per the decision of Panchayat, they had paid Rs300,000 to the girl’s family. They had not thought that after the passage of two years their daughter would be humiliated in this way that shocked the world. She claimed the rivals wanted to charge them in the first information report at the police station as they gave her daughter’s torn clothes to another girl to implicate them in a false case.

 

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Olutosin
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

This is unacceptable. Are there nu human rights organizations that you can contact? They can unite to fight for this poor family... Most times the police are part of the horrible act. The police may be bribed but civil societies are the voices of the masses these days.

Please kindly contact some local activists In that Panchyat. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Olutosin
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Nobody can strip her of her honor. Please note this. To the whole world, she is a honorable girl. No matter what the villagers did to her. These evil men have lost any honor they had.

jlanghus
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

Hi Salma. Welcome to the World Pulse community:-) Thanks for sharing your very troubling story about poor Sharifa. Has she and the family received any sort of justice or compensation since this event? Such petty crimes, accusations and minds. It's so difficult to read about these stories and feel so helpless to bring about empowerment and change for women. Can you tell us more about what you do? What have you been able to do for this family?

Salma Malik
Mar 14
Mar 14

No. Unfortunately, she could not find the justice which she really needs. I tried a lot but due to my limited resources, I was unable to execute that program for a long time. She is still seeking fot potential partners to help her and recover her.

jlanghus
Mar 14
Mar 14

Oh:( I'm sorry to hear that. Poor thing:-(

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 02, 2018
Apr 02, 2018

Dear Salma,

By telling this story you have honoured this girl and brought the important information to us all the this horrific treatment of an innocent girl has taken place. I hope, as Olutosin and Jill have mentioned, that there is some way to bring comfort and safety to this girl, and to all of the women and girls in this community. The completely random violent treatment toward one girl is not only to terrify her, but also to terrify all other girls and women in the community. If there is any way to let them know that thousands of us are working to bring safety and respect to women, I hope they can find some strength in knowing this. It is important that you have written about this. I hope you will continue to raise your voice, and I hope that others in the community will surround this girl and give her the love and support she deserves.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Salma Malik
Mar 14
Mar 14

Yup, we with the help of our global volunteers trying hard to help her.

Hello, Salma,

Who in their right mind would do those inhumane acts? How is Sharifan doing now? Please continue to update us here.

Thank you for sharing.

Salma Malik
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thanks for your interest. Due to the timely assistance by us, she recovered but still she needs the attention of global women to feel proud as woman.

Thank you, Salma, for your intervention. Yes, I understand. She needs a lot of support to heal.