A Pakistani couple, jailed after the woman's father objected to their love marriage, appeared in court on Friday after spending five years in prison without trial.Shining a light on this madness, perhaps, can bring about some change. But christ, are you kidding me? 5 years in jail for not agreeing to some arranged marriage, and marrying because you love someone? This is in Pakistan, our ally--can you imagine what things are like in, say, Saudi Arabia?
"I have committed no adultery," 23-year-old Sodi (Eds; one name) wept in a courthouse in the southern city of Hyderabad as she recounted her ordeal to journalists.
"I was 18 when I got married of my own free will with Kashkeli. Our marriage was contracted before a maulvi (preacher) and registered," said the woman, who has been held in a separate jail from her husband.
The couple were arrested in October 2001 on adultery charges after the woman's father, a farmer, lodged a report with police accusing the man of abducting his daughter and committing adultery with her.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Definitely not my kind of religion