Posted by: becketfund | October 23, 2007

Pakistan: Dargai Students Told to Wear Burqa or Risk Death

ADN Kronos International reports that local militants near the town of Dargai, in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, have demanded that local schoolgirls wear a burqa to school, saying that they would “blow up” female students who failed to obey their demands. Attendance at the threatened schools has dropped radically, as many girls are from poor families and cannot afford to purchase or sew a burqa. Given the danger, several pupils have opted to suspend their education. The militants, called “Janbaz Taliban”, have recently sent threatening letters to girls’ schools in the area, though they had initially targeted video and CD shops, many of which have now been abandoned.

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