Monthly Archives: November 2015

#Rukhsana who was stoned to death for marrying a loved one

I was away from the internet as usual as I had come to my town. But find the chance to go through social media accounts.  On social media many of likeminded youths had updated their accounts with a photo of a cute girl seeming to be on the peak of her youth.

This time it’s Rukhsana, a beautiful girl in photo she pours tea in a traditional pottery, her head covered in the cultural scarf Afghan ladies tie around their heads.

The news is confirmed by the Afghanistan’s Ghor province governor Ms Seema Joyenda and has further stated that the death is an outcome of the Taliban, warlord and local religious leaders. While the police official has stated that the said incident took place in a “Taliban controlled area”.

Joyenda added that Rukhsana was married to someone else against her will and this is why she had switched to come in love with a man of her age that resulted in a run from home.

The story gets more solid points when her death video is circulated in social media. As Afghanistan is not now the land ruled by Taliban and several social and political organizations have worked on the status of media and human rights. Though many stories don’t make their ways to media but sometimes the ones like of Rukhsana and earlier Farkhunda comes out. And makes noises and cries in liberal, secular and human loving social workers sectors. Therefore the easiest way is social media to upload and explain the story would surely go virally.

The social media video as claimed to be the stoning to death video is not that clear; but a human being in the hole is shacking head as bearded people throw stones on their target. This two minute video shows that some of the people are in uniform like dresses with guns but everyone take part in the practice and an old man record the seen.

It’s clear in Islam that women can select their life partner. And when it comes to local customs most of the time the proposals sent to the families are rejected either for the economic or social status, mostly, of the male partner. This is the reason that couples run away and marry in another town or city of the country. This is why such deaths through stoning take place. Social and economic differences are not letting the couple to like each other and have a married life.

Earlier NYT had reported another couple when the female partner family from a Tajik tribe had just opposed the boy proposal because he was a Hazara. After having life in prison and shelter home the couple made breaking news when human right organizations interfered in the issue and the couple was let to live their life.

According to Naseer Nangial, a socio-political activist and researcher on the Pashtun code of life at University of Balochistan told that the rigid structure of families should have a change when marrying their daughters and sisters. They should ask the will of the couple for the marriage or see if they already like someone else. Then no running with anyone else of choice would take place.

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