Jirga in Jacobabad orders exchange of two girls as fine

JACOBABAD: A jirga has decided to exchange two girls, aged around seven to eight years old, as a fine after their mother and father decided to get married without their family’s permission in Jacobabad’s Thull.

According to media reports, the jirga took place in Thull’s village Garhi Hassan on March 15.

The case concerns Hajira Mangi, a 30-year-old widow, who married a man named Dadu Mangi, 28, of her own will. Hajira has a daughter. Dadu also has a daughter. Hajira’s parents say she got married without their permission.

The tribal chief or Sardar, Zulfiqar Khan Sarki, held a private jirga at his house in which he heard the case. He often holds jirgas with some to settle land disputes.

It was decided that to appease Hajira’s family, her daughter and Dadu’s daughter, would be handed over and married off as the family decided. Furthermore, the couple has to pay Rs200,000 as punishment. They paid Rs50,000 on the spot and the rest will be given in instalments.

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