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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
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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.

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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...

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