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Baad in Afghanistan: Families give away girls as compensation in disputes

An Afghan teacher has received death threats for fighting to stop the tradition of giving away girls to settle disputes. Khan-wali Adil has been camping out for a month in the Afghan capital Kabul, calling for an end to the practice of “baad.” The tradition is widely accepted among Pashtun tribes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Young virgin daughters are traded by their elder relatives to settle disputes. This can involve being used as payment in a financial dispute or as means to end arguments and grudges.

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