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Defying Parents, Some Pakistani Women Risk All to Marry Whom They Choose

World  (tags: world, culture, law, women, rights, arranged marriages, freedoms, middle-east, HumanRights )

- 2106 days ago -
KARACHI, Pakistan..Nusrat Mochi, now 25, left her parents' home one day to go to work and never returned. Instead of starting a job as a domestic worker, she ran away to begin a new life, against her family's wishes, with a husband of her choosing rather

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Dee C (229)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:40 am
Her parents’ wrath has trailed her ever since.
In the four years since she and her husband, Abbas Bhatti, now 27, eloped, they have moved twice to escape threats to their lives, they say. Even today, with two small children, they try to keep the location of their home a secret. If threats were not enough, Ms. Mochi’s parents also brought a legal case charging that Mr. Bhatti had kidnapped her.

“I don’t care about my father and mother,” Ms. Mochi said, sitting in her two-room house and cradling her youngest child in her lap. “When they are sending some person to kill me, how can I?”

Their story illustrates the conflicts some women encounter in Pakistan when choosing what are known here as freewill marriages. It also shows how women are increasingly asserting their rights against the traditions of forced marriage and parental authority, implicitly challenging one of the most powerful institutions in Pakistani society.

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Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:59 am
... Thank you, Dee!

Dee C (229)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 6:15 pm
I'm very glad to see some women there become more assertive..It's just a shame they have to run away to do it..

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 10:53 pm
glad they made up their own minds

marie C (163)
Monday September 10, 2012, 12:32 pm
Thank you for posting Dee
I hope and pray the parents do not catch up with them .
It is slowly changing but it will take a long time

marie C (163)
Monday September 10, 2012, 12:34 pm
Can not send a green star to Dee as have done so within the last week

Janet B (36)
Monday September 10, 2012, 1:24 pm
Life will never change unless from within!

M B (62)
Monday September 10, 2012, 2:17 pm
This is a conflict between Western culture and Asian culture. Some arranged marriages are working out just fine, some others don't. I'm not judgeing, but I hope all the best for the free married couple.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday September 10, 2012, 4:12 pm
Thanks for this one.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Monday September 10, 2012, 5:46 pm
Noted. Thanks Dee.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:43 am
It is women all over the world and in every society who can make a difference. I wish them strength and support.

Helle H (21)
Tuesday September 11, 2012, 1:37 pm
This can happen to all pakastani women no matter where in the world they live.

Sarah Lee (4)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 2:08 am
Let the women marry who they want. If the marriage fails, it fails. Why is it men can choose and women cant? I rather pop pills and die sleeping than being controlled over and over again. Even my dog gets to have a choice on who he wants to flirt with.

Shan D (49)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 12:30 am
The article is not accessible unless I have an account. I see no reason to make one just for one article.

Lourdes Acevedo (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:48 am
This is like a movie with endless sequels..........truly sad!
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