Thursday, February 16, 2012

For Punishment of Elder’s Misdeeds, Afghan Girl Pays the Price

ASADABAD, Kunar Province — Shakila, 8 at the time, was drifting off to sleep when a group of men carrying AK-47s barged in through the door. She recalls them complaining, as they dragged her off into the darkness, about how their family had been dishonored and about how they had not been paid.

It turns out that Shakila, who was abducted along with her cousin as part of a traditional Afghan form of justice known as “baad,” was the payment. 

Although baad (also known as baadi) is illegal under Afghan and, most religious scholars say, Islamic law, the taking of girls as payment for misdeeds committed by their elders still appears to be flourishing. Shakila, because one of her uncles had run away with the wife of a district strongman, was taken and held for about a year. It was the district leader, furious at the dishonor that had been done to him, who sent his men to abduct her.


  1. Wonderful article. But, what shaychus to daas torah exactly? That this is a problem in our community as well? I just don't see it.

  2. Give it some time, Shaul, the way things are going.

  3. Dovy said...
    Give it some time, Shaul, the way things are going.

    -or NOT going. See R Eidehnsohn's latest post.


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