Pakistanis Probe 'Girl Trade' to Settle Tribe Dispute

13 girls were part of 'restitution'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2012 1:03 AM CDT
Pakistani women carry water they collected over their heads, while waiting other women, not pictured, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

(Newser) – The Pakistani supreme court is investigating accusations that a tribe in the middle of a dispute with another tribe agreed to hand over girls to settle the row. A tribal council in the western province of Balochistan reportedly ordered that 13 girls, ages 4 through 16, be given to the other tribe. Under such "vani," the tradition used to resolve the dispute, the girls will be forced to marry members of the new tribe. Vani is illegal in Pakistan, reports CNN. The "girl payment," plus $32,000, was intended as restitution for the killing of a member of the second tribe earlier this year.

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