Pakistan’s top Federal court declares compensation marriages to end disputes un-Islamic

The Federal Shariat Court in Pakistan has officially declared Swara a violation of Islam. Swara is a tradition where girls, usual minors, are given in marriage as compensation to an aggrieved family. According to a three-judge panel headed by FSC Chief Justice Noor Mohammad Meskenzai, it is against the injunctions of Islam to give away minor girls to settle disputes.

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Sakeena Bibi in her petition stated that Swara, which she said was usually imposed by a council of tribal elders called a jirga or panchayat, usurped a woman’s or young girl’s rights. Swara violates at least four fundamental rights, according to Mohammad Aslam Khaki, a legal adviser at the FSC.

Source: Dawn