by RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal
The parents of a 6-year-old girl in Pakistan’s Swat Valley say tribal authorities are forcing them to marry off their daughter to resolve a family feud.
A jirga tribal assembly in the village of Ashari ruled that the girl, Bibi Roza, should be married to a member of a rival family in order to resolve a dispute between the two clans.
The parents have appealed to a Swat court to have the ruling overturned, and local police now say they will attempt to block the wedding, which is scheduled for November 11.
Swara, the practice of exchanging women and girls to settle personal feuds, is common in Swat and other parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
But exchanges involving girls as young as 6 are considered rare.