An alleged incident related to death decree by clerics and subsequent alleged killing of five women for singing and dancing with men at a wedding in Pakistan’s Kohistan district has yet to be, officially, proven a hoax or a gruesome reality.
But, for the last couple of days the alleged incident has been attracting considerable media hype not just in Pakistan but the world over.
According to May 28, 2012 report of Dawn newspaper clerics had issued death sentence to the four women and two men in Kohistan for singing and dancing at the wedding.
“Pakistani authorities in the area said local clerics had ordered the punishment over allegations that the men and women danced and sang together in Gada village, in defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at weddings,” reads the report. The very next day the newspaper reported that the cleric and his companion, who were arrested, totally denied issuing the death decree.
However one June 3, 2012 The Express Tribune while quoting, Muhammad Afzal, brother of the two men accused of filming the video and uploading it on the internet reported that the four women who were filmed singing and dancing with men were killed on May 30, 2012.
“The fifth girl, sister of one of the women filmed, was also killed on suspicion, claimed Afzal”, the report reads. However the report also reads: “Commissioner Hazara Khalid Umarzai and Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz denied that the women were killed and said they were alive and safe at their homes. Police officials in the area
also denied the incident.”
“I have ordered a team (of) senior police officers to visit the village in Kohistan to look into the matter where allegedly four girls are killed”, reads one of the tweets of Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik early on June 4, 2012.
The minister also tweeted: “The village of the reported victims is in very remote area and for away from the main road (8 hour from the road) hence team will go by heli (helicopter).”
Thus, the alleged incident would prove a mere hoax or a bitter reality once the senior police officers visit the said village as ordered by the Interior Minister of Pakistan.