Khan Wali Adel, a young man from Paktia province, along with a number of civil society activists launched a sit-in in Kabul city against the infamous custom of Baad (an old practice of settling disputes) in Afghanistan.
“I don’t want any family to give a girl in Baad, nor take any girl in Baad,” said Khan Wali Adel.
He said that a few years ago his father give away his sisters in Baad and now his father wants to take 10 girls in Baad from another tribe in compensation for killing his brothers.
“By giving girls in Baad you cannot make peace. Peace should be made under the framework of law and the Holy Quran,” Adel said.
He said that cases of Baad occasionally occur in Paktia province.
However, the spokesman for Paktia governor’s office rejected the claim.
Meanwhile, a number of women’s rights activists and civil society activists lent their support to Adel and said that girls in other provinces are also victims of the old custom of Baad.
“The important demand of Adel is to prevent the giving of 10 girls in Baad. It is about 10 human beings and 10 lives,” said Humaira Saqeb, a civil society activist.
“Not only in Paktia, but in southern Afghanistan and other parts of the country, Baad is a common practice,” Sharif Sarafat, another activist, said.
Adel and the civil society activists want Baad to be eliminated. They warned that they will continue their protests if government does not take serious action against the practice.
Baad is the custom of taking girls as payment for misdeeds committed by elders or their families in a bid to settle disputes.