“I am a poor laborer,” Hashim said. “I was about to lose my daughters for no fault of mine. It was my brother’s case, and the jirga asked me to pay [the] fine because he was having an affair with a married woman.”
The sentence ordered by the council was one of the hundreds of incidents known as vani that are estimated to occur annually in central Pakistan. Also known as swara and sangchatti, the 400-year-old custom involves fathers offering girls as young as 1 for arranged marriages to repay debts and settle tribal feuds and vendettas.
So, if I have an affair, then my town's "court" will force my brother to marry off his pre-teen daughter!? This decision doesn't make sense even in a twisted justice sort of way since a) it doesn't punish the culprit and, b) there is no deterrence.