Jirga agreement convinces family to forgive culprits for parading girl naked
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Suspects in the high-profile legal case of Sharifan Bibi, a girl who was forced to walk naked in Dera Ismail Khan nearly four years ago, have now reached a settlement with her family in an agreement arranged by a local jirga.
The case garnered a lot of media attention when Sharifan Bibi filed a petition in the Peshawar High Court in 2017 and accused the local police of scheming with the defendants.
The main suspect, Sajawal, was detained two years later on the directions of the high court.
On the 27th of October 2017, the suspects paraded 16-year-old Sharifan Bibi naked while filming the incident.
In her appeal, Sharifan Bibi revealed the background of the family feud, saying that her brother, Sajid, was accused of gifting a mobile phone to a female relative of Sajawal’s family.
However, Her brother denied the charges before a local Jirga, but the Jirga imposed a fine of PKR 500,000 on her brother. The fine was reduced to PKR 30,000 when Sajawal hit Sharifan’s mother before the Jirga.
On the day of the incident, Sharifan Bibi said she went to fetch water from a water pond along with other females of neighboring houses. While she was returning home, Sajawal and his brother forcibly took Sharifan inside their house.
The victim claimed that the accused tore her clothes, adding that she was forced to walk naked in the street, while another accused recorded the incident.
Jirga seniors comprising Sheikh Tauqeer Akram Habibani and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, Dawar Khan Kundi, brought together both families for adjustment in a gathering on the 13th of April 2021.
Speaking to Voicepk.net, Sheikh Habibani said Sharifan’s family was contemplating her marriage but were unable to do so as the case was pending before a court for four years.
Therefore, the Jirga elders convinced the families for a settlement, Habibi said. The agreement restricts the movement of the accused around the neighborhood of the girl’s family and payment of monetary compensation, he said.
However, Habibani clarified that the victim’s family had not asked for any financial compensation for the settlement.
Habibi said the counsel for the accused would be moving an application for acquittal in the coming days as part of the agreement.
He stated the settlement removed obstacles to the girl’s marriage, adding that the Provincial Minister, Ali Amin Gandapur, had announced that whoever marries the girl would be given a government job.
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