‘Ghagh’: The Pashtun Custom of Men Forcing Marriage Proposals on Women
Gul Ghotai has bitter memories of the day her suitor proposed marriage. The reason? This was no ordinary proposal but one made under an ancient Pashtun custom called “ghagh” that entitles a man to force his marriage proposal on a woman.
Once invoked, ghagh — which means “a call” — can have various outcomes, none of them happy for the woman.