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Pakistanis sentenced to death for singing and dancing at wedding

FOUR women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern  Pakistan for singing and dancing at a wedding, police said Monday.

Clerics issued a decree after a mobile phone video emerged of the  six enjoying themselves in a remote village in the mountainous district of  Kohistan, 176 kilometres (109 miles) north of the capital Islamabad.

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.

“The local clerics issued a decree to kill all four women and two  men shown in the video,” district police officer Abdul Majeed Afridi told  AFP.

“It was decided that the men will be killed first, but they ran away so the women are safe for the moment. I have sent a team to rescue them and am waiting to hear some news,” he said, adding that the women had been confined to their homes.

Afridi said the events stemmed from a dispute between two tribes  and that there was no evidence the men and women had been inter-mingling.

“All of them were shown separately in the video. I’ve seen the  video taken on a cell phone myself, it shows four women singing and a man  dancing in separate scenes and then another man sitting in a separate shot,” he  said.

“This is tribal enmity. The video has been engineered to defame  the tribe,” he added.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said at least 943 women  and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s  honour.

The statistics highlight the scale of violence suffered by many  women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as  second-class citizens.

Sourc: AFP

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