Stop Vani Culture In Pakistan

Stop Vani Culture In Pakistan

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Soma Khan started this petition to Pakistan Government

Vani or swara is a cultural custom practiced in Pakistan’s rural areas, especially in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Vani is a Pashto word derived from “Vanay” which stands for blood. 

This tradition is practiced in different areas of Sindh, Punjab and KPK. This custom is practiced to settle crimes such as murder, or zina (fornication or adultery), or settling debts, or for compensation of abduction or kidnapping. Such disputes are resolved by giving a minor girl in the marriage to a man of the opposite group. The age of girls who are being given in marriage to the opposite party ranges from 4 to 14 years and the men who receive them are of 25 to 60 years.

It is the duty of local people, especially educated ones to step forward and raise awareness at the grass roots level. It is needed that the women be given equal rights and status as that of the men. For this purpose, it is important that women education be promoted. Moreover, agents of social change, like education, economy, development, and media etc. should be allowed to access rural areas. Last but not the least, the Government of Pakistan should take strict measures to eradicate the local Jirga or Punchaits and strengthen the rule of law there.

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