Locals fear testifying in women burial case, as two bodies sent for DNA test

September 3rd, 2008 - 4:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Quetta , Sept 3 (ANI): Even as bodies of two of the five women allegedly buried alive in Balochistan were sent for postmortem and DNA tests, the local people in Balochistan are not willing to testify for the burial of girls because of the fear of the local tribesmen holding influence in the area, reported the Daily Times.

Not many people are willing to give evidence due to strict tribal traditions and fear of local persons having influence, said Ghulam Shabir Sheikh, the Deputy Inspector General of Police of Naseerabad. He further said even no one was willing to own the bodies.

Sheikh told media persons that there was no authenticity in media reports that the girls had been buried alive.

The paper quoted the local sources as saying that the girls aged between 16 and 18 years, belonged to the Umrani Baloch tribe and studied in Quetta . They ran away from their houses in order to contract court marriages. However, their family members followed them to a Jaffarabad hotel.

Thereafter, according to an Asian Human Rights Commission report, Sattar Umrani and at least six other people allegedly abducted the girls at gunpoint and took away in a Land Cruiser vehicle bearing a provincial government registration number to a remote area.

There they were allegedly shot and buried while still alive. Two elder women, an aunt and the mother of two of the girls, were killed when they protested the burial of the girls. (ANI)

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