Islamabad, Islamabad police have arrested a cleric accused of sentencing four women to death for singing and dancing with men at a wedding in the north of Pakistan.
“Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it,” the Daily Times quoted a local administration official Aqal Badshah Khattak, as saying.
A tribal assembly in a remote village of Pakistan”s Hazara division, had declared four women and two men ”fornicators” and sentenced them to death for ”staining the honour” of their families, after they were allegedly caught on videotape singing and dancing together at a wedding party in Bando Baidar village.
The cleric has submitted an affidavit in court, taking responsibility should any harm fall to the women and to ensure their safety, police said.
“If the girls were killed it would be un-Islamic and un-lawful,” the cleric said in the affidavit.