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Last month, the U.S. media were full of stories about the resignation of Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. But another event that same week in Pakistan — that tribesmen buried five young women alive for wanting to choose their own husbands — got almost no coverage.
According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, the women’s “crime” was that they defied tribal elders and arranged marriages to men of their own choosing in a civil court. They were abducted at gunpoint by some men and dragged off to a remote field, where they were beaten, shot, thrown into a ditch, and then, while still breathing, smothered to death with rocks and mud.
Yet not even when a member of the Pakistani parliament, Israr Ullah Zehri, defended these barbaric killings as “century-old traditions” — when he said that killing women who defy male control by wanting to chose their own husbands is necessary to “stop obscenity” — was there international outrage.