Pakistani Woman Sentenced to Death for Marriage

Riffat Affridi, a Pakistani woman, is in hiding after being sentenced to death for marrying a man who is part of a different ethnic group. A Pathan council of tribal elders ruled that Affridi must be shot or stoned to death for violating Pathan “honor.” Affridi’s husband, Kanwar Ahson, is a member of the Mohoajir racial group that represents Indians who immigrated to Pakistan when it became independent in 1947.

Ahson was arrested and charged with having sex outside of marriage, after ethnic riots between the two groups shut down the city of Karachi in which two people died and eight others were seriously wounded.


AP - February 19, 1998

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