In our pursuit of civilization and modernity, traditional and cultural practices have been put aside by many. Several nations have adopted the ‘modern’ way of living in terms of their values and policies. During this era of modernism, many traditional and illogical practices are frowned upon. It is outraging for me when I come across stories on honor killing, acid attacks, burning alive, among others. It does not make sense how the same countries who proclaim to be ‘modern’, are still tolerating such absurd practices!
Two weeks ago, a 19-year old Afghani girl got her nose and ears chopped off for ‘shaming her in-laws’. She was sold by her father to an Afghani man when she was 10, based on a practice called ‘Baad’ among the Pashtuns in a way to settle a family dispute. Her so-called husband was fighting in Pakistan and she never met him. She was tortured and abused by her in-laws for several years before she decided to run away. And this is when another nightmare began.