Marriages and Funerals on the RoadsBy Amna Gilani • Jul 23rd, 2009 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 13 Comments
We we like to share the griefs and joys of our neighborhoods and we pride in the fact that Pakistani society is not oblivious and connects warmly with each other. Where this social bonding helps in creating a sense of oneness, it also brings many hassles and hiccups.
How many time you have found it impossible to park your car or make your way out from your home to the office or to anywhere else, just because your neighbor has erected tents in front of your home for the marriage or for funeral or for some other occassion? How many time you have found out that the ropes of those tents have been tied up with your door, balcony, window shade or lamp post outside of your home without your permission, blocking your way?
While the function lasts, your life comes to a standstill. You cannot carry or take out any thing from your home and more often than not, your movements become very limited and your family suffers to a great deal. For marriages, the tents are mounted couple of days before the main function and you suffer through their Mayoon, Mehndi, Sehra-bandi, Barat and Walima. If this is a funeral, then you suffer through the funeral procession, Qul, Soaim and Jumayraats and other such things.
Apart from marriages and funerals, people have found out other ways to block the roads and streets. Mailads, Naat gatherings, Qawalis, birthdays, engagements and hell even night matches with tape balls are the way to torment the neighborhoods. If you even politely ask the organizer of the function to take the function away to any hall or ground, its’ a surefire way to trigger a brawl.
Is there any law for such public tormentation?