News / Asia

Pakistani PM Demands Action on Honor Killing

Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows the area where she was killed in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014
Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows the area where she was killed in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014
VOA News
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is demanding immediate action following the brutal killing of a pregnant woman by her family for marrying a man of her choice.

Police say 25-year-old Farzana Parveen was beaten with bricks outside a courthouse in the eastern city of Lahore earlier this week as she waited to tell a judge she married a man of her own free will.

Her husband told reporters he begged police to stop the attack, but they stood by and did nothing as his wife's family members, including her father and brothers, beat her. But Lahore Police Chief Shafiq Ahmad told Reuters news agency that no police were present during the attack.

Western news agencies later reported that the husband, Mohammad Iqbal, had killed his first wife but was not jailed.
Honor Killings in Pakistan
 
  • 869 women were killed in honor killings in 2013
  • Actual number of victims is believed to be much higher
  • Rights groups want Pakistan to change the way it prosecutes and deals with honor killings
  • Perpetrator is almost always related to victim, and the perpetrator can be absolved of murder if the family of the victim forgives them
     
Source: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sharif issued a statement directing the chief minister of Punjab province, of which Lahore is the capital, to take immediate action and submit a report on the "unacceptable" crime by late Thursday.

In the capital, Islamabad, human rights activists protested the attack - holding up signs and shouting slogans demanding justice and an end to honor killings.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the Pakistani government to do more to prevent such crimes. She said "I do not even wish to use the phrase 'honor killing'; there is not the faintest vestige of honor in killing a woman in this way."

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says nearly 900 women died in such crimes in 2013. The commission says the actual number may be much higher, since many honor killings go unreported.

Since almost no one is tried and convicted for such killings, rights groups say it is no surprise that "honor crimes" are on the rise in Pakistan. The culprits, they say, usually are freed - either acquitted due to intentionally flawed police investigations, released as a result of political influence or "pardoned" by victims or their relatives.

You May Like

UN Ambassador Power Highlights Plight of Women Prisoners

She launches the 'Free the 20' campaign, aimed at profiling women being deprived of their freedom around the world More

Satellite Launch Sparks Spectacular Light Show

A slight delay in a satellite launch lit up the Florida sky early this morning More

Fleeing IS Killings in Syria, Family Reaches Bavaria

Exhausted, scared and under-nourished, Khalil and Maha's tale mirrors those of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries who have left their homes in the hopes of finding a better life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 29, 2014 12:10 PM
What an odd world! Honor killing? What is wrong with these children of wickedness that everything wrong must come from them? Another dictate of sharia? My God! And people are still fraternizing with a system so barbaric? I hear the religion is growing like wide fire in USA; and this with it? Surely, whether you like it or not, when AIDS is full blown, it must eat up the body and victim must die.

So also this trouble that is always in the news for all the wrong reasons... suicide bombings, terrorism, child marriage, slavery, restriction of rights of freedom and women, and now... honor killing! Without mercy murder a pregnant woman with the innocent unborn child? This is beyond pardon! I feel ashamed even to have a friend who practices this evil in the name of religion. They will always tell you it's not their faction of the belief, yet it is their religion. Shame!

by: Sam Iam
May 29, 2014 12:05 PM
I Love Sharia Law...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs