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12 Cases Of ‘Honour’ Killing In Pakistan Reported In Two Weeks

At least 12 cases of ‘honour’ killings were reported in Pakistan during the last two weeks, The Guardian reported.

The Guardian cited several cases in which women were killed by their relatives in Pakistan during the past two weeks over ‘honour’. Among the cases was the case of a woman who was shot dead by her son, brother and brother-in-law in Lahore for leaving her husband taking refuge in a friend’s house.

Police said that they found the body of Arooj Shahzad a day after she had come to the police station seeking help because she feared her family members would harm her. “Shahzad’s killing was the 12th in a fortnight linked to “honour” recorded by the Pakistan authorities,” The Guardian said.

“Every week in Pakistan brings fresh news of wives strangled, daughters shot or sisters drowned for a perceived slight to family “honour”. Sometimes a single person is responsible; more often, a group of male family members is involved. The vast majority of the killers go unpunished.”

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), over 1,500 such cases were registered in a span of two years, from 2016 to 2018. From 2014 to 2016, HRCP reported, 1,267 cases of ‘honour’ killing were reported in the country.

Earlier this week, four individuals were killed over a love marriage-related dispute at Khairpur Tamewali on Bahwalnagar Road, 40 kilometers away from Bahawalpur on Sunday, while in another incident, a husband killed his wife over a dispute.

According to the district police, a youth Raashid had contracted love marriage with Aisha, a resident of Sambrial area in Sialkot district some five months ago.

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Since then, the parents of the girl had been seeking revenge because the two brought ‘dishonour’ to the family.

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