Honor Related Violence (Pakistan)
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Statistics on Honor Related Violence and Killings
The number of honour killings in Pakistan are estimated to be around 2,500 to 3,000 cases every year. However, the report states that a good number of such cases still go unreported or are passed off as suicides and only 25% of these are brought to justice.According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 260 women and 168 men have already been killed in the first eight months of 2008. Honour killings are treated as murder under Pakistan's penal code; however, the relevant law states that the family of the victim is allowed to compromise with the killer who is a close relative in most of the cases. Provisions of the Pakistani law also allow the next of kin of the victim to forgive the murderer in exchange for money. And most of the offenders continue to use this clause to escape punishment.
Amir Mir, Daily News & Analysis, September 3, 2008
Dr Talal Alrubaie, Center For Women's Equality, December 11, 2008
Diana Y Vitoshka, University of California, 2010
The report, based on news clippings from twenty-six newspapers of Urdu, English and Sindh languages, says that despite the enactment of a law to curb violence against women, cases of karo kari or honour killing are still going on unabated.
The report says that the data does not necessarily presents the real picture. According to an estimate, only 10 percent cases of honour killing are reported in the media.
The report says that more than 473 incidents of honour killing were reported from Sindh, 337 from Punjab, 129 from Balochistan and 76 from NWFP during 2005. Those killed included 563 married women, 75 unmarried women, 373 men and six children.
In 380 such cases the perpetrators were never nabbed. In most of the cases, the killers were close relatives of the victims. The report says that 146 married women were killed by real brothers, 240 by husbands, 60 by in laws, 11 by real sisters, two by stepsons, one by stepbrother, one by former husband, one by mother and 71 by other relatives. Whereas newspaper reports about unmarried women show that fathers were the perpetrators in 49 cases, paternal uncles in 33 cases, real brothers in 16 cases and real sister in one case.
Total 618 of the victims were killed on the charge of indulging in zina and 337 for allegedly maintaining illicit relations.The report said that when attacked, 901 of the victims died on the spot while 5 received serious injuries. 91 of the victims sustained murderous attack. According to the report, in 17 cases victims were found dead but it could not be ascertained how they were killed.
The Daily Times, April 28, 2006
A new report by Pakistan's leading human rights group has revealed at least 943 women were killed last year by their fathers, husbands or brothers for damaging their family name. Ninety-three of those killed were minors.
However, the true number of those killed is thought to be far higher. Many cases are thought to have been covered up by relatives and sympathetic police officers, the report revealed.The figure of 943 was an increase of more than 100 the previous year in 2010.
Kerry Mcqueeney, Mail Online, March 22, 2012
Pakistani Penal Code
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A law introduced in October 2004, which laid down tougher penalties for such murders, has had no visible effect in reducing the number of such crimes.“We have noted no significant decrease in the number of such killings since the law was enforced in early 2005. As we have stated previously, until the issue of compoundability, which makes it possible for blood money to be paid to compensate for physical hurt, is addressed, there is unlikely to be any real change in the situation,” the rights commission’s director IA Rehman told IRIN.
IRIN, March 8, 2007
Samia Sarwar, shot to death, April 6, 1999
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The killing took place at a meeting between her mother and Samia at her lawyers' office - her mother enabled the murderer to get access to the meeting, by insisting she had trouble walking and needed assistance.
Samia had been married several years to a cousin, her mother's sister's son—and had suffered continuing violence and abuse. She decided to get a divorce. In the meantime she fell in love with an army captain Nadir Mirza, and requested her family's permission to marry him. Upon their refusal, she left her kids and eloped with Nadir, despite her unfinalized divorce. From Peshawar (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) they escaped to Lahore (Province of Punjab). For a few days in Lahore, they stayed at a 5 star hotel, while her family searched for her in Peshwar, NWFP. Soon Nadir and Samia ran out of money, she then contacted her relatives to request money, who reported her whereabouts to her parents.
Upon lack of support from relatives to provide money and shelter, Nadir went back to work in Peshawar, and Samia took refuge in Dastak, a shelter for women in Lahore. Unable to return home, Samia stayed at Dastak while waiting for her divorce.
Samia's mother sought permission to see her at Dastak by claiming that the family had accepted her relationship with Nadir. She was accompanied by a man whom Samia didn't recognize. He was there ostensibly to help her frail mother walk. Once in the lawyer's office the man pulled out a gun and shot Samia dead.
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The two renowned activists, Hina Jilani and Asma Jehangir, were threatened with death for their defense of Samia murdered by her family for trying to obtain a divorce. Ironically, Ms. Jehangir is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Killings.
Wikipedia, accessed January 25, 2011
Noor Jehan, shot to death, April 24, 2006
It is significant that Noor Jehan died a day before a judge was meant to come and record her statement about the karo kari case in which she claimed she was involved.
“Six people were pointed out in this case,” DIG Investigations Mir Zubair told Daily Times. “The two people who were arrested in Karachi were those who had handed over Noor Jehan and her family to the people who kidnapped them and shot her.”
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“There was a tribal feud going on,” Zubair said. “Noor Jehan was from the Baladi Baloch sub caste of the Lolai tribe. After the feud worsened in Larkana they moved to Osta Mohammad in Balochistan where her father was working with zamindar Ghulam Brohi.” Brohi was declared the karo in the case by Khadim Hussain and Noor Jehan’s cousins. It is not clear whether Brohi is alive or not but the police say that he was being targeted.
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On April 24, the Gadap police had Noor Jehan admitted to Ward No. 26 at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre after she underwent initial treatment for her gunshot wounds at Baqai hospital. She was shot in the arm, both legs and the stomach as a result of which her limbs were fractured and part of her intestine had to be removed.
Noor Jehan claimed at that point that she was shot point blank by her revolver-wielding paternal cousins - Khadim and Sajjan - both in their mid-thirties or forties. It later turned out during the course of investigations that Khadim was her husband. She said that they had brought her to a jungle in the New Karachi area where they wanted to finish her off. Once shot, she fell into a ditch they were standing near and the men checked if she was dead.Noor Jehan told Daily Times on April 24 that she dragged herself out of the ditch and all the way to the road where a nearby chowkidar called the police and helped her. “We know she dragged herself because there was a trail of blood all the way back,” Gadap constable Naseer Ahmed, who accompanied Noor Jehan to JPMC, had said.
Daily Times, May 25, 2006
Ghazala, killed, July 2006
After the search of three months she was found & separated by her forced husband. At that time due to interference of her father & few other tribes men she was been saved by killing, but her brothers & cousin were in search of a suitable time to kill her.Her father placed her in a "madrasa" in Rawalpindi. On 6th or 7th of July she was brought back to her native home as she was not feeling well due to small pocks. Her uncle who is a milliner businessman in UAE forced his son Haroon age 20 to kill Ghazala age 18. He did so with the help of his local cousins on 19th July 2006 & left for UAE.
Now the parents & other family members with the help of police made this a suicideCase. No authorities are taking this as a cruel act. I on behalf of the people of town appeal the human rights activists to reopen this issue & make the justice to her poor mother & small sisters which are also threatened to be killed by the Cousin.
International Campaign Against Honour Killings, July 26, 2006
Lal Khatoon killed, and Yasmeen shot to death, November 2006
The News has learnt from police sources that Rahim Bakhsh killed his sister Lal Khatoon alias Lali and Imam Dino shot dead his daughter Yasmeen and they threw both bodies into the Rohri canal near Tando Masti police station.Later, they attacked the houses of alleged Karos, Rashid Ali and Sohrab Ali Phulpoto, and finding them missing set on fire their houses, which were reduced to ashes. Police sources said the attackers were absconders in many cases and the girls had of their free will gone to Rashid and Sohrab a few days ago. The accused had forced the parents of the youths to return their girls, threatening that they would be killed if they did not do so. The parents of the youths had obliged the absconders.Police sources said a neighbour informed them of the killings and their investigations showed that the murders had taken place. Police are trying to recover the bodies.
The News International, November 24, 2006
Fahmida and Anwar Ali, axed to death, November 13, 2006
The News International, November 14, 2006
Samani, shot to death, November 27, 2006
The News International, November 29, 2006
Saforan Mirani and Ghazi Bijarani, shot to death, November 27, 2006
Wazir Ali Mirani suspected that his wife Saforan Mirani was having illicit relations with Ghazi Bijarani. He along with his accomplices shot and killed his wife. Later, he raided the house of Bijarani, killed him and fled.Police on the complaint of Ghulam Rasool Bijarani, uncle of the deceased, has registered a case against 10 persons, including Mirani, but no arrest was reported till the filing of this report.
The News International, November 29, 2006
Sahzadi, Safia, Naseema B, and Naseema, shot to death, November 29, 2006
The fact-finding team of the HREF discovered that the real number of perpetrators is fifteen; the remaining six persons, unnamed here and elsewhere, are so influential within the community that the complainant, the villagers, and the police alike dare not openly point them out.
According to Mr. Gul Bahar, the husband of Ms. Naseema and brother of all the other victims, on the morning of 29 November 2006, his sister Ms. Safia came to his home on a usual visit to see her parents. All the victims and the witnesses including Mr. Gul Bahar were thereby together in the home having breakfast.
At around 9:00am, suddenly armed men including Mr. Shafi Muhammad, the father of Ms. Naseema, Mr. Bashir Ahmed, the husband of Ms. Safia, Mr. Ghulam Qadir, the cousin of the victims, and relatives of the victims namely Mr. Hazoor Bux, Mr. Nazeer Ahmed, Mr. Dadoo Pandhi, Mr. Javed, Mr. Ali Hassan and Mr. Noor Hassan broke into the house and began abusing the women victims, accusing them of having had illicit relations with the persons from the adjacent Village Noro. The alleged perpetrators claimed that the victims have brought shame to not only family members but the whole community. Then they instructed Mr. Gul Bahar to kill the victims as they belong to his family. Mr. Gul Bahar refused and pleaded on behalf of his wife and his sisters, whereupon the alleged perpetrators became infuriated and began abusing him.
Thereafter, Mr. Bashir Ahmed together with Ghulam Qadir fired upon his wife Ms. Safia, both with single barrel guns, and she fell to the ground. Mr. Hazoor Bux and Mr. Nazeer Ahmed also fired upon their relative Ms. Sahzadi, who is mother of eight children, with single barrel guns, and she fell to the ground. Mr. Javed and Mr. Ali Hassan, one with a single barrel and one with a double barrel gun, fired upon their relative Ms. Naseema (unmarried), who fell to the ground. Mr. Dadoo Pandhi also fired upon Mr. Gul Bahar's wife Ms. Naseema with his gun.
Seeing his three sisters and one sister-in-law quavering on the ground, Mr. Gul Bahar's brother Mr. Manthar moved to fight the alleged perpetrators, whereupon Mr. Noor Hassan fired upon him with an automatic rifle; Manthar also fell to the ground.
All of the alleged perpetrators then departed the scene, firing indiscriminately. Meanwhile, the sounds of bullets drew the villagers to the house, but none could prevent the perpetrators who held weapons in their hands. After the perpetrators fled, Mr. Gul Bahar and the villagers saw that Ms. Sahzadi incurred injuries on her stomach, left hand, right breast, right side of her back, and skull so that her brain was spilling out; Ms. Safia incurred injuries on her right breast; Ms. Naseema incurred injuries on her backbone and left cheek; another Ms. Naseema (unmarried) incurred injuries on the left side of her stomach, left breast, left cheek, left hand and left arm muscles. All were bleeding profusely and died. Mr. Gul Bahar also saw that his brother Mr. Manthar incurred juries on his right leg.According to the fact-finding investigation carried out by the HREF, the victims were innocent and had not been involved in illicit sexual relations with anybody. However, according to Mr. Gul Bahar, a month before the killings, the women victims had gone to the adjacent city of Sukkur to shop; there, a Sub Inspector of the same tribe, named Mr. Masood Rasool Mahar, allegedly arrested and snapped pornographic photographs of them. Afterward, the said Sub Inspector allegedly blackmailed Mr. Shafi Muhammad, one of the perpetrators, with these photographs. It is reported that Mr. Shafi Muhammad hence told the father of the women victims to kill them, but the latter had refused to do so. On the morning of 29 November 2006, Mr. Shafi Muhammad found an opportunity to kill the women because most of the males of the family were out of home. Mr. Shafi Muhammad told the media and the HREF staff that he and his accomplices had to prevent the honor of their family from collapsing.
Asian Human Rights Commission, February 1, 2007
Elahi Hussain and Hafiz Shah, tied to a tree, then clubbed and stoned to death, January 2007
IRIN, March 8, 2007
The couple, from the village of Donga Bonga in Bahawalnagar district in southern Punjab, apparently pleaded their innocence but died in an "honor killing" over the weekend in a hail of bricks.
A divorcee in her 40s, Elahi Hussain had angered her family by allegedly conducting an affair with a fellow villager, Hafiz Shah, 45.On Sunday night, according to the local police chief, Hajji Mohammed, two of the woman's brothers and two other relatives, tied ropes around the necks of the couple, fastened them to a tree, and stoned them for 10 minutes.
The Daily Telegraph, January 31, 2007
Zahoor Ahmed and Naseem, Burnt alive, January 2007
Zahoor Ahmed and his wife Naseem were charred in front of their four children in Chak Saboo village on Tuesday. Ahmed had allegedly kidnapped Naseem 10 years ago to marry her, police said.
The Times of India, January 3, 2007
Iqbal, Yasin and mother, nose, ears and hand severed, January 2007
Twenty-two people barged into the house of Iqbal and took him, along with his brother Yasin and their mother, to a nearby field and cut off his nose and ears.The attackers also chopped the ears off the man's brother and severed his mother's hand in the latest "honour" crime to hit Pakistan's conservative rural areas.
The Times of India, January 3, 2007
Sajawal Bibi, hacked to death with a hatchet, January 4, 2007
Reports said in the village of Mohammad Bukhsh Mazari near Daharki, Munawwar Mazari attacked his cousin Sajawal Bibi and her alleged paramour Dildar Mazari with a hatchet.As a result, Sajawal Bibi, 18, died on the spot. Dildar escaped unhurt, while the assailant also fled. The reason for the murder was said to be Karo-Kari. Police have registered a case against Munawwar and are conducting raids to arrest him.
The News International, January 5, 2007
Razia and Deeder Husain Narejo, shot to death, January 4, 2007
According to reports reaching here from the Faiz Muhammad Bhido police station near Khairpur, Muhammad Khan Narejo and Aitbar Narejo shot dead their sister Razia, wife of Mubarak Narejo, in the village of Jamal Narejo while she was going to a local hospital for medicine, as she was sick. The killers alleged that she was a Kari.mmediately after killing her, the accused shot dead Deedar Husain Narejo, declaring him as Karo. The culprits managed to escape after the incident.
Police shifted the bodies to a hospital for autopsies and started investigations.Area people told police that they did not believe the allegation of Karo-Kari was correct. They revealed that the culprits had killed their sister for usurping her property.
The News International, January 5, 2007
Naheeda Bibi, shot to death, January 7, 2007
Naheeda Bibi, 22, was shot three times by her brother on Sunday near her village outside Mansehra city, as she went to catch a bus to return to Rawalpindi where she studied and worked.“The brother, Gul Shahzad, has no remorse and says she defied him and her father,” local police officer Mohammad Afzal told Reuters by telephone.
“He kept on screaming after he surrendered to the police that she met the destiny willed for her by God,” he said.
The girl’s mother has lodged a report with police accusing her husband and son of killing Naheeda in revenge for her getting a higher education and working in Rawalpindi.The girl had returned home for the Eid holidays, as had her brother who works as a fruit vendor in Lahore.
Khaleej Times, January 9, 2007
Fahmida Shar and Ghulam Nabi Shar, killed, February 2007
The News International, February 28, 2007
Nihal Khatoon, shot to death, February 8, 2007
The News International, February 9, 2007
Sharifan and Qaisar shar, shot to death, February 15, 2007
Police reports said that Nazar Hussain Shar gunned down his wife Sharifan and a youth Qaiser Shar in the Nazru Shar village in the limits of Mirpur Mathelo police station. Later, he buried them without funeral rites.The reports further said that Qaiser Shar had come from Kashmor and stayed in the house of accused Hussain Shar. The accused saw Qaiser Shar with his wife Sharifan in objectionable condition Thursday midnight and he killed them on the spot, the reports said.The accused after committing double murder escaped and was still at large. Further investigation was underway. Meanwhile, a young man was killed here on Thursday on a petty issue in the limits of Gambat police station. According to details, accused Khadim Hussain and Murtaza over a minor issue strangulated Ghulshan Ali, 18. After committing crime, the accused threw body of the deceased in canal and managed to escape. Police have lodged the murder case against the killers.
The News International, February 16, 2007
Rani, killed, February 20, 2007
Three people were killed and several injured in “honour”-related crimes and tribal clashes in different parts of the province during the last 24 hours.
In the first incident Haider Otho, allegedly killed his spouse, Rani, in village Char, near Daulatpur Safan, on the night between Monday and Tuesday because he suspected that she had illicit relations with another person. Separately, Muhammad Murad Essani, who had sustained critical wounds in a clash over Karo-Kari 15 days ago, succumbed to his injuries in a Larkana hospital early on Tuesday morning.Reportedly, Muhammad Murad Essani, a resident of village Sardar Noor Ahmed Jakhrani, was seriously injured by armed men over a Karo-Kari dispute in Thull. He was hastened away to a hospital in Larkana, where he expired on Tuesday morning.
The News International, February 21, 2007
Taslim Khatoon Solangi, tortured and shot to death, March 7, 2008
Tom Hussain, The National, October 28, 2008
Hajani, shot to death, August 29, 2008
The News International, August 30, 2008
Saira Nusrat Bibi, shot to death, September 2008
The girl, 17, who had been fighting a lonely but successful legal battle, was coming out of court in the Punjabi city of Sahiwal after being granted the annulment by a judge when she was surrounded by a group of men and shot in view of police.The death of Saira Nusrat Bibi has added further to concerns among human rights campaigners already outraged over the case of five women - among them three teenage schoolgirls - buried alive in the province of Baluchistan because they wanted to marry men of their choice in defiance of the wishes of tribal leaders.
Bruce Loudon, The Australian, September 6, 2008
Dur Gul Khatoon, Nazeeran Khatoon and Ghulam Rasool Bugti's wife, shot to death, September 5, 2008
The incident occurred in a village in the limits of Addar Thanna Police Station of Jacobabad. The accused Akbar claimed that his mother and his Bhabhi (brother’s wife) had illicit relations with Ghulam Rasool Bugti.In another incident, an accused Sher Muhammad Jakhrani opened fire in village Sher Ali Jakhrani and killed his wife Rabaily Khatoon over the charge of Karo Kari and escaped from the spot.
The News International, September 7, 2008
Hajiran, killed, September 10, 2008
According to reports, Wajid Khoorkhani along with his brother killed their 60-year-old mother, Hajiran over the allegations of Kari. The killers managed to flee after killing their mother, while local police were informed about the incident. The police reached the spot and took dead body of the woman to the hospital and handed it over to her heirs after conducting autopsy. No FIR of the incident was registered with the police station concerned
Ms Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, September 15, 2008
Wazeeran and unnamed male, shot to death, September 10, 2008
After killing his wife Imam Din shot dead alleged paramour of his wife and managed to flee, however, case of the incident was not registered due to rift of jurisdiction between Yaru Lund and Khanpur Mahar Police Stations.
Ms Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, September 15, 2008
Saira, shot to death, September 15, 2008
The station-house officer, Inspector Ejaz Rajpar, told ROD that Mohammed Hashim, owner of a bakery and milk shop at Lasi Goth, had married Saira, daughter of Jamrood Khan, two years ago. Hashim was a bakery worker. The couple mostly fought because they were still childless. Six months ago, Saira left and returned to her father’s house in the same area.The SHO said that Hashim came to the house of his in-laws to take his estranged wife back. “The suspect opened fire with TT pistol on the victim when she refused to go with him,” he added. Inspector Rajpar said that the suspect tried to flee, but a police party patrolling the area arrested him and seized an unlicensed pistol from his possession. Hashim surrendered to the police.
He said that the victim’s father, Jamrood Khan, lodged an FIR (545/08) against the suspect under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code for murdering his daughter.The deceased woman, who received multiple bullet wounds, died instantly and her body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a postmortem examination. Hospital sources said the victim had received six bullets, four of them in the upper torso, from a very close range as most of the bullets went through her body.
Ms Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, September 17, 2008
Shabana Rashid and Abdul Khurshid, shot and (Abdul) beaten to death, September 13, 2008
The alleged killer, Rashid Ahmed, telephoned the police investigating officer and informed him that he had murdered his daughter and her paramour and wanted to give himself up.
Shabana Rashid, 21, had fallen in love with Abdul Khurshid, a man double her age. Later she ran away and started living with him against her father’s will; which brought shame to her family.
After Shabana started living with Abdul Khurshid, 40, who was already married with three children, she contacted her father several times to convince him and informed him that she had contracted Nikah with Khurshid.
Late Saturday night, the girl’s father agreed to reconcile and allowed the couple to come to his house.
When the couple arrived at his house in Dhoke Farman, he took out his pistol and shot his daughter dead.
Minutes later, he fired two shots at Abdul Khurshid and on seeing him still breathing he smashed his head with his pistol’s butt, the police said.
The investing officer, SI Yousuf Butt, said: “This is one of the most brutal double-murder cases I have ever dealt. Abdul Khurshid, 40, was killed by two shots fired by the girl’s father who later smashed his head with his pistol’s butt.”He said what was more horrifying was that the murderer, whose clothes were soaked with blood, telephoned the police and confessed that he had killed his daughter and wanted to give himself up.
DAWN, September 15, 2008
Ameeran, tortured to death, September 20, 2008
According to Arrouti police, accused Imran had seen his aunt Ameeran Bibi in objectionable state with her paramour and tortured her to death on the spot. The accused managed to escape after committing thecrime. Police are conducting raids for his arrest.
Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, September 20, 2008
Subhan, strangled to death, September 27, 2008
Mohammad Saleh Golato, suspecting his wife Subhan Khatoon 22, of being a Kari (woman having illicit relations), strangled her to death. The Risaldar police recovered the body and removed it to the Kandhkot hospital for post mortem.
The Risaldar police, on the complaint of Kaloo Golato, brother of the woman, registered a case against Saleh and Akhtiar Golato but made noarrest.
Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, September 30, 2008
Maimona Bibi, shot to death, September 29, 2008
They were taken to a local hospital where Maimona died of her wounds while the condition of Khalil was critical. Manawan police have registered a case and sent the body to morgue for autopsy.
Imran Mazher, Rays of Development Organization, October 6, 2008
Najadah and Shakeel Junejo, shot to death, October 2008
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Police did not arrest Dr Arain on Sunday night as reports indicate that matter might be hushed up and an opportunity is being provided to the PML leader, who is an influential man with contacts in right quarters, to seek an out of court settlement with heirs of the deceased.
“Yes the case has been resolved and it has become a reality after his confession before me and my team that Dr Shafiq has himself murdered his wife and driver after he failed to get along with his wife”, Hyderabad DPO Ghulam Nabi Memon confirmed on Monday night while talking to media.
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Dr Shafiq arrived at Hussainabad police station along with his friend and former Taluka Nazim of Latifabad Jabbar Khan. Dr Shafiq was interrogated by different police officers before DPO had a one-on-one session with him, which resolved the mystery, shrouding the double murder. The weapon has been recovered from him and it is to be tested by forensic expert to know that both the bullets were fired from it.
The complainant is reported to have presented phone bills showing calls of longer durations made by his wife to some people to which he had seriously objected. He also told us that on the day of incident he had seen driver Shakeel coming out of his wife’s room”, the DPO said.
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Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, October 24, 2008
Rozan and Thangai, shot to death, October 3, 2008
A man and woman were killed on pretext of karo-kari in Kalati Golato Village near Bakhshapur, Kashmore, on Friday. Rozan was at her home when her husband Abdul Karim Golato opened fire as a result of which Rozan died on the spot. Her husband suspected she had illicit relations with Thangai Golato.Abdul Karim followed Thangai and opened fire on at him as a result of which Thangai also died on the spot. The accused fled from the scene. The deceased Thangai’s brother Abdul Rehman lodged an FIR against Abdul Karim and Ali Hassan with the Bakhshapur police. Meanwhile, a man was killed on pretext of karo-kari in the jurisdiction of City police station on Friday. Gul Baig 55 was standing near Jacobabad bus stand when armed men opened fire. He died on the spot. City police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital for post-mortem. The nephew of deceased, Khairal, lodged an FIR against Basheer Jakhrani, Nazeer Jakhrani and two other unidentified persons.
Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, October 3, 2008
Mukhtaran Bibi, stabbed to death, October 13, 2008
He claimed to have asked her to terminate her relationship, but she did not listen. Hanjerwal Police Station Investigations In-charge Malik Mansab stated that the case was clear, as the nominated accused had confessed to his crime while in police custody. Mansab claimed to have recorded the statements of the victim’s relatives to confirm Tahir’s statement
Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, October 13, 2008
Hanifa, tortured and buried alive, November 18, 2008
He said a notable of the area Muhammad Ismail Mahar later intervened and guaranteed to Hanifa that her husband will not kill her and motivated her to return to her house. The DPO said the woman was killed allegedly by her husband and during the inquiry, he found that before killing the woman on the charge of Karo Kari, her husband Waryam also tortured her to extract confession that she had illicit relations with her second cousin. She was put in a ditch with threats that she would be buried alive if she did not confess. Hanifa, however, refused to confess and her husband allegedly killed her and buried her body without funeral rites, the DPO said.
The Times International, November 22, 2008
Rizwana Bibi, shot to death, December 3, 2008
The woman, admitted to the DHQ hospital after she was attacked by her ex-fiance Ghulam Hussain last Wednesday, battled for life for five days but in vain.
The lady was attacked when she was leaving after attending hearing in a case regarding quashment of an FIR registered against her husband with the Kalar Syedan police station by her brothers for kidnapping her.As per details Ashfaq and Rizwana claimed to be legally married when they were produced before the court of a judicial magistrate in Rawalpindi district courts. The judge accepted the woman’s statement that she is with her husband and she wanted to live with him. The couple married without the consent of their family members on their own free will, which angered the girl’s family members who viewed it as against their family honour.
Rizwana’s brothers lodged an FIR against Ashfaq, his brother, mother and his sister for collaborating in the ‘offence’.
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The News International, December 9, 2008
Shehnaz Bibi, clubbed to death, December 4, 2008
Ms Khadijah Shah, Rays of Development Organization, December 9, 2008
Shahnaz Bibi and Saba, axed to death, January 1, 2009
According to the details, Shahnaz Bibi and her daughter Saba had allegedly developed illicit relations with a man of the same village. The murderer Sajjid had repeatedly asked them to mend their ways but to no avail.
On the day of unpleasant incident, Sajjid allegedly axed to death Shahnaz Bibi and her daughter Saba. Arshad the husband of Shahnaz Bibi was settled Greece for business.Police of Kasoki have arrested the accused after registering a case.
Imran Mazher, Rays of Development Organization, January 4, 2009
Shehla Bibi, axed to death, February 22, 2009
Elahi Bux, 45, surrendered himself after axing to death his 60-year-old sister, Shehla Bibi, at his house located in Sector 15, Mehran Town, within the jurisdiction of Korangi Industrial Area Police Station.
Confessing to the crime, the accused alleged that his sister had illicit relations with a landlord of Larkana. According to SHO Ismail Lashari, Bux only dealt one swift blow to the victim’s head and when her screams attracted the neighbours, rather than fleeing, Bux waited for the police to arrive. The police have registered a case on behalf of the victim’s son.However, according to family sources, Bux was in financial debt of the landlord and as he could not repay the money, he had married his daughter to the landlord. However, now the landlord wanted to marry Shehla Bibi, therefore, Bux thought it best to kill her rather than stain the family’s honour. The deceased was a widowed mother of five children.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, The National Review, February 24, 2009
Quratul Ain, shot to death, March 1, 2009
The rental house where the deceased along with her husband took shelter in is located in the Gulshan-e-Ghazi within the jurisdiction of Malir City Police Station. Quratul Ain was killed in this ‘shelter’ house at around 3:00 am on Sunday when two armed men knocked on her door. Her husband was in the shower at the time; hearing the knocking she opened the door. “She recognised them and tired to flee but the men shot her thrice in her back,” SHO Jehangir Maher told Daily Times. The culprits easily fled the scene when the deceased’s husband Sheraz came out from the bathroom after hearing the sound of bullets and Quratul Ain’s screams.
Not only did her dreams come to an end but her husband’s as well. He helplessly watched his wife take her last breaths in front of him.
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Faraz Khan, The Daily Times, March 2, 2009
Shamim Bibi, shot to death, April 15, 2009
The Daily Times, April 17, 2009
Shahnaz and Farah, shot to death with a pump-action shotgun, April 20, 2009
Police collected evidence from the crime scene and shifted the bodies to morgue. A case has also been registered against the accused on the complaint of his brother Jafar Khokhar, the father of victim Farah.Talking to this correspondent, SP Sadr division Mansoorul Haq Rana said Zulfiqar had killed his sister and niece on suspicion. On Monday, the victims scolded the accused for admonishing them at this the accused killed the two women, the SP said. The assault weapon had been recovered, he added
The News International, April 21, 2009
Ayman Udas, shot to death, April 27, 2009
Her death has rattled the city's jittery artistic community, as local musicians and dancers in Peshawar -- a city renowned for its vibrant artistic life -- face increasing pressure as the region falls under greater Taliban influence.
Some attributed Udas's death to the Islamist militants, but her husband told reporters that his wife was killed because she broke family traditions.
A beautiful woman in her early 30s and mother of two, Udas recently remarried after a divorce. Her two brothers, Alamgir and Ismail, disapproved of her divorce, remarriage, and her artistic career, all of which disgrace a family's name in conservative Islamic society.
The honor killing, an ancient tradition in which a male family member kills a female to "save" the family name, took place on April 27 at the family's home while Udas's husband was out picking up milk. He immediately took the case to the authorities, who have made no arrests but raided several locations in search of the suspected killers.
Udas -- poet, lyricist, and popular Pakistani singer -- had recently given her first television appearance. In one of her more popular songs, "Mra shum ashna khu pa jwando ki usam, janana sta pa waswaso ki usa," she sings about the importance of courage, even to the point of defying death.
Her death "is absolutely unacceptable," Ahmad Ali Adil of the University of Peshawar told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, calling the crime "a murder of humanity." He said that unless society changes, several other female performers will face similar problems.Meanwhile, Artists are coming under direct threat in Taliban-controlled areas. In January, a dancer's bullet-ridden body was left in the center of Swat Valley's capital of Mingora -- not far from where Udas grew up -- with a note warning locals that "un-Islamic voices" will no longer be tolerated.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 29, 2009
Halima and Waziran, tortured and strangled to death, May 2009
Reports said Halima and Waziran were tortured to death. DPO Shikarpur took a serious notice of the reports and registered FIR of double murder against Ali Nawaz Rind, the brother of the women and two others, including Ganthar and Maula Bakhsh.The women were charged with having illicit relations with Daiwal Khan and Kalo Khan Kumbhrani. On Tuesday, bodies of both the women were exhumed and lady doctor Tanvir Akhtar conducted post-mortem examination. In her report, she said both were strangulated to death after torture. The Sultan Kot police conducted raids for arresting the accused but no success was reported. The incident occurred in Sultan Kot four days ago, causing scare and panic.
PakTribune, May 13, 2009
Saira Bano, shot to death, May 1, 2009
Saira Bano, 19, was shot dead by her brother in Mehmoodabad police limits. The SHO, Mehmoodabad, Aurangzeb Khattak, said that the incident was reported in Chanesar Goth, Mehmoodabad and Saira Bano was killed by her younger brother, Imran aged 15.
Imran, after committing the murder, surrendered to the police with the weapon he used to kill his sister. Later, on Friday morning, deceased Bano’s lover, Shahzad, also got himself arrested.
SHO Khattak said that on April 28, 2009, Bano’s paretns visited the police station and registered an FIR claiming that their daughter was kidnapped and nominated Shahzad in the FIR. In their complaint, they stated that Bano was in a relationship with Shahzad and on the morning of April 26, she went out for some work, but did not return.
They led a search of her during which it transpired that Bano was seen with Shahzad and that he along with his friends had kidnapped their daughter. Fearing an arrest, Shahzad produced himself before the police.
While investigating the murder incident, it was found that on Friday morning, Bano called home and talked to her mother expressingher desire to return home. The mother agreed. However, as Bano reached home she was beaten up by her father.
In the meantime, Bano’s younger brother came and started arguing with her and suddenly he whipped out his handgun, fired a single shot into Bano’s head and killed her.Afterwards, the police reached the house and conducted legal formalities and lodged a case. Imran, in his statement to the police, said that he had killed his sister because she had eloped with a non-Muslim.
The News International, May 2, 2009
Gul Bibi, shot to death, May 18, 2009
The News International, May 23, 2009
Saba and Shafiq Ahmed, killed, June 2009
Victims Shafiq Ahmed and Saba got married two months ago against the wishes of Saba’s family. Muhammad Adil, Shafiq’s cousin, told Daily Times Saba’s family had invited the couple to dinner at their house two days ago. He said Shafiq had initially refused, but had agreed to go after Saba’s mother, Kausar, claimed he was displaying cowardice by not coming to her house.
Adil said that his uncle, Malik Riaz, suspecting ulterior motives, accompanied the young couple to the dinner. He said that Riaz claimed that Kausar and all three of Saba’s brothers – Zeeshan, Ahsan and Abbas – welcomed them and had a perfectly pleasant dinner. However, he said, Zeeshan and Kausar convinced his uncle to leave early, claiming they would take the couple home in another half-an-hour. He said Ahsan accompanied Riaz to his house.Pool of blood: According to Adil, Riaz tried to phone the couple after half-an-hour but their mobile phones were not being attended. He said his uncle then tried to contact Zeeshan and Ahsan, but those calls also went unheeded. He said Riaz, accompanied by a friend, went back to the house but found it locked from the outside. He said they tried to call Shafiq again, and heard his phone ringing from inside the house. Convinced that something had happened, he said Riaz broke into the house and found the bodies of the couple lying in a pool of blood next to half-eaten food.
The Daily Times, July 21, 2009
Adeeba, strangled to death, June 2009
According to police, Iqbal strangled his 22-year-old sister Adeeba – in the presence of family members – for having illicit relations with a boy from their neighbourhood. The alleged murderer later asked his family members not to disclose the incident. The victim’s family planned to bury her in their native city of Khoshab, but locals informed the police and Iqbal was arrested. Police have recovered the body and shifted it to the city morgue for autopsy. Police said the girl was strangled to death with a piece of cloth, which had also been confiscated as evidence. A first information report (FIR) has been registered against Iqbal and investigations are underway.
The Daily Times, June 19, 2009
Khalid and Shamin, shot to death, July 2, 2009
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On July 2, a newly married couple was killed in the name of 'honour' in the Barki police precincts. Ramazan shot dead Khalid and his wife Shamim, who had eloped and married without the consent of their families. Ramazan was Shamim's cousin and both had been engaged.
ANI, July 6, 2009
Shahadat Ali, killed, July 5, 2009
ANI, July 6, 2009
Marium, shot to death, August 30, 2009
The News International, August 30, 2009
Kubra Bibi, strangled to death, October 2009
The Daily Times, October 4, 2009
Shahana Qureshi, throat slit, October 5, 2009
Police said today that 16-year-old Shahana Qureshi of Meerut was having a love affair with Shadab, but her family was opposed to their relationship.
Yesterday, when Shahana's brother Maan Qureshi found her with the boy in neighbouring town Mawana, he allegedly killed her by slitting the throat.
Shadab, however, managed to escape.
Maan had surrendered with the murder weapon in a police station at Mawana in Meerut district, Deputy Superintendent of Police D S Kushwaha told reporters.He said Maan confessed to killing his sister for "tarnishing the family's name".
Zee News, October 6, 2009
Soomri, shot to death, October 13, 2009
One Pakistan News, October 13, 2009
Samina, Saima and Mohsin, strangled to death, October 18, 2009
The accused was handed over to Cantt Police by his brothers and neighbors. The police also recovered the weapon used in the crime. After the incident, panic prevailed amongst the local residents. Accused Muhammad Ayoub Qureshi also confessed to his crime. He said that he killed his wife and her in-laws over honor killing.
He said that his sister-in-law Saima had contracted a love marriage with Mohsin alias Hassan Shaikh and were residing in the Bismillah colony of Landhi Karachi. After being informed, SP Investigation Hyderabad Ghulam Nabi Keerio reached the spot and shifted the bodies of the deceased to the Civil Hospital Hyderabad for autopsy.Meanwhile, a case No 215/09 under section 302 PPC was registered on the complaint of Shaikh Rasheed against Muhammad Ayoob Qureshi. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their heirs.
Younis Chandio & Jani Khaskheli, The Regional Times, October 19, 2009
Rashida Mahar, shot to death, December 2009
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In Village Raza, a man shot dead his wife Rashida Mahar and escaped. Police said the accused had shot dead his wife over suspicion of illicit relations.
Niaz Khatoon, shot to death, December 2009
Zarina, shot to death, December 2009
Gul Bano, shot to death, December 2009
Robina and Mazhar Jakhrani, shot to death, December 2, 2009
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In Willayat Jakhrani Village on Wednesday morning, Suleman Jakhrani, along with his accomplices, entered his house where his sister-in -in law Robina was preparing meals. The accused opened fire on her. She died instantly.
He later went to agricultural land and shot dead Mazhar Jakhrani. Suleman fled after the double murder. The accused had been suspecting his sister -in- law of having illicit relations with Mazhar Jakhrani. Police have arrested Suleman Jakhrani but no case was registered.
Dawn, December 3, 2009
Arri and Manghan Sabzoi, shot to death, December 2, 2009
Later, Wahid Bux raided the house of Manghan Sabzoi, called him out and also shot him dead.Police shifted the bodies to local hospital for autopsy. No case was registered.
Dawn, December 3, 2009
Tanzeela Riaz and Babar Ali, throats slit, December 29, 2009
According to police investigators Tanzeela Riaz had an affair with Babar Ali, resident of her locality since long and reportedly Tanzeela was warned numerous times by her family against these relations. However she did not care and kept on meeting Babar.
On the day of incident, Riaz and his son Fiaz caught both victims in an objectionable condition at their residence in Sowa-e-Asil.
The police said first the accused thrashed Tanzeela and Babar and then slit their throats with a knife. However Riaz escaped from the scene while his son Fiaz surrendered to the police and confessed his guilt.A murder case has been registered on the statement of Haji Mehmood Ahmed, father of Babar Ali. The police, later shifted the bodies to the morgue for autopsy.
The Nation, December 30, 2009
Sodhi Bibi, shot to death, December 31, 2009
On January 1, 2010, A resident of Gott Boral in Dera Allah Yar killed his wife on similar charges of having secrete relations with some men. There was also a confirmed report about a man who killed his wife in Naseerabad last three days ago in an absolutely similar case.The society in Balochistan has remained a silent viewer of such cases. Talking about the murder of women on the name of honor is still widely considered taboo while those who speak a word of sympathy for the victims of such killings are by and large branded as “shameless” people who oppose the “deserving death punishment” for a girl who brings shame to the name of her resepctful family.
The Baloch Hal, January 1, 2010
Sughran, shot to death, January 20, 2010
Separately, Nasrullah Misrani shot dead his two wives in Lakhi Ghulam Shah over Karo-Kari.
The News International, January 22, 2010
Sania Khan, shot in the head, June 2010
According to Nelor police, Sania, a resident of Village Tumair, ran away with Hamayun Khan to married him. Her uncle Hameed Khan was threatening them, they said. He then called a Jirga, which decided that no one will kill Sania and she was brought back to her father’s house.
On Wednesday, Hameed Khan shot her in head and ran away. Police shifted the dead body to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and registered First Information Report on behalf of Sania’s father against her uncle.
According to sources, Sania’s father will forgive his brother in the court thus setting the killer free.
Station House Officer Fazalur Rehman said it is an honour killing case and the police cannot register an FIR against Jirga members because Sania’s father has not named them.Govt should wake up now: Human rights activist Shahnaz Bukhari told Daily Times, “I don’t know after how many murders government will pass a bill against honour killing. Supreme Court should abolish Jirgas and an FIR should be lodged against all Jirga members. Estate should become a party instead of the victim’s father in this case.” staff report
The Daily Times, July 1, 2010
Haleema Basheer, shot to death, July 2010
According to SHO Fida Hussain, Haleema Basheer, 40, lived in a house in lane No 13 on Muhammadi Road, and was killed by her son Muneer.
SP Naeem Sheikh said the woman had left the house for a few days thrice in the past, and Muneer had been scoffed at by the neighbours because of that.
However, when his mother returned home after leaving the house for the fourth time, he shot her dead, the SP added.Police said Muneer was an unemployed drug addict, while his father was a labourer and had four more children with the victim.
The Daily Times, July 14, 2010
Amina, Zunera, Humaira and Sumera, drugged and throats slit, August 2010
According to the police, Pindi Machiyaan resident Shaukat Ali killed his family in their sleep. Shaukat drugged his family at dinner and when Zunera (5), Humaira (7), Sumera (10) and his wife Amina fell unconcious he took a sharp knife and slit their throats. Shaukat then dragged the bodies into the street and left them outside his house as he composed a note for the police that he left on his house door.
Police officials said that they found a notice on the door that stated “I am ashamed of my wife who was stubborn and arrogant.
My daughters could have turned out like her. I have killed them so that I would not have to suffer the humiliation of their dishonourable actions. I am a man of honour and I will turn myself over to the police for their murder.”
Muridke station house officer (SHO) Nemat Gujjar said that Shaukat had confessed to the crime. “We were called in by locals who said they saw a stream of blood flowing into the road from his house,” he said.“I saw a stream of blood flowing into the road. When I followed it to the corner of the street, I saw four bodies piled on top of each other,” said Pindi Maachiyaan resident Ataa Khan. “I called the police immediately as other people began to gather around the house and we saw the notice,” he said, adding that Shaukat’s house was empty. “He must have left with his son. His other two sons are older and are no longer living with him. They work at a factory in a neighbouring city ,” a neighbour Sohail said.
The Express Tribune, September 1, 2010
Ghulam Bibi, shot to death, December 21, 2010
Muhammad Rafiq killed his mother Ghulam Bibi on Tuesday in the court of Magistrate Eased Rasa in Arifwala, a town located 210 km southeast of Lahore.
Rafiq had suspected that his mother and sister Abida Bibi had illicit relations with a man named Shahbaz Ahmad.
After Abida Bibi married Shahbaz Ahmad against the wishes of Rafiq and their father Nazir Ahmad, the father and son forcibly took her away from her home.
On Monday, Shahbaz Ahmad filed a petition urging the court to help him get back his wife Abida. However, Additional Sessions Judge Tariq Mehmood Bajwa sent Abida with her mother Ghulam Bibi.
On Tuesday, Ghulam Bibi and Abida came to the court of Magistrate Saeed Raza and filed a petition for them to be sent to the Darul Aman, a state-run women's home.While the hearing was underway, Rafiq entered the courtroom and shot his mother.
The Times of India, December 22, 2010
Saima Bibi, electrocuted to death, January 2011
Elders and the family of Saima Bibi, 17, decided after a meeting of a village council, or panchayat, that her punishment for shaming the family should be death, police said.
"There are signs of torture and burns on her neck, back and hands which are most probably caused by electrocution," said the police official, Zahoor Rabbani, from Bahawalpur district in east Pakistan where the alleged killing took place. He was speaking to Reuters by telephone.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani took "serious notice" of the "the sad incident of the killing of a girl by electric current on the orders of the panchayat", and ordered police to immediately submit a report, his office said.
Bibi's death appeared to be what is known as an honour killing.
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"Her uncles and other influential people killed her when she refused to marry according to their will."
Reuters, January 23, 2011
Sonia, strangled to death, February 14, 2011
The deceased was identified as Sonia, a resident of Eid Gah Basti. Police said the girl had established illicit relations with her neighbour and her father Rafiq warned her several times. On the day of incident, the victim’s father again warned her and after an exchange of harsh words with her, he strangled her and escaped from the crime scene. Police have registered a case of murder against Rafiq on the complaint of the deceased’s mother Shakeela Bibi. Later, police shifted the body to morgue for autopsy.
The News International, February 15, 2011
Maryam, kidnapped and threatened with death, May 16, 2011
The Muslim parents have threatened further retaliation against the Christian family if they do not produce their daughter, whom they have also threatened to publicly shoot dead as an “honor killing.”
An area clergyman identified only as Father Emmanuel called the situation “critical,” saying it has pitted the area’s 1,800 Muslim families against its 70-to-100 Christian families and could lead to violence.
“It’s always been like this,” Emmanuel said. “No one objects when a Christian girl is forcibly taken or dishonored by a Muslim man, but when a Muslim girl falls in love with a Christian boy it becomes a matter of their honor,” he said.
Abid Masih, a welder at a factory in Sheikhupura, about 40 kilometers from the Punjab Province capital of Lahore, told Compass by telephone that the family was asleep in their home in Ghazi Minara village on Friday night (May 13) when armed Muslims belonging to the village’s influential Gujjar family arrived at their doorstep.
“When I opened the door, the men told me that my younger brother, Sajid, had eloped with a girl from their family, and they had come to search for them,” Masih said.
He said he tried to convince them that the family did not know Sajid’s whereabouts, as he had not been home for two days, and they began threatening to harm Masih unless his family found the runaway couple and handed them over.
“By this time my maternal uncle and cousin had also come out, and together we tried to tell them that we didn’t even know that Sajid was having an affair with the girl, so how could we know where they had gone?” Masih said.
The Muslim woman who allegedly eloped with Sajid was identified as Saleha; both are in their early 20s.
Masih said that the men then forcibly took him, his younger sister Rakhel, his uncle Mukhtar Gill and maternal cousin Indryas with them to their house.
“As soon as we reached their home, they started beating and cursing us and continued to torture us all night” in an effort to get them to disclose the couple’s “hideout,” he said.
Masih said that at daybreak on Saturday (May 14), the Gujjars freed the three Christian men but kept Rakhel hostage in their home, saying that she would be returned only after they found and handed over the couple to them. Rakhel is in her early 20s.
“We were helpless,” Masih said. “The Gujjars are very powerful, and we could not convince them to send Rakhel with us. Since Saturday we have been trying to locate Sajid but failed.”
The Muslim family has sternly forbid them to report the abduction of Rakhel to police, warning that they would be unable to escape the consequences, he said.
On Monday (May 16), Masih said, Saleha’s father, Aslam Gujjar, telephoned him and told him that if the family did not find the couple soon they would also abduct Rakhel’s 17-year-old sister, Maryam. The next night, the Gujjars released Rakhel and forcibly took Maryam, he said.
Masih said the Gujjars have announced that they would shoot Saleha dead in the village center as an “honor killing” for eloping with the Christian.“They have warned us that if we approach the police, they will turn the issue into a religious matter, and the bloodshed there would make the Gojra carnage small by comparison,” he said. At least seven Christians were burned alive by Muslim mobs in Gojra after the spread of a rumor of blaspheming Islam on Aug. 1, 2009.
Compass Direct, May 20, 2011
Sameena, Razia, and 4 other teens, shot to death, July 26, 2011
On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.
Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship. He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were both “without honour”. The man said his daughters Sameena, 14, and Razia, 16, were in a relationship with college boys from the neighbourhood and the sisters had helped each other. “I should have been told immediately but the girls sided with each other. They were both corrupt,” Mubashir told Tandlianwala Police Inspector Javed Sial.
Police officials have taken Mubashir into custody and filed a case against him. “He does not regret what he did. He boasted that he would do it all over again if he had to,” Sial told reporters.Pakistan has repeatedly been termed as one of the least women-friendly countries. In June, the Thompson Reuters Foundation ranked Pakistan as the world’s third most dangerous country for women.
The Express Tribune, July 27, 2011
Irshad Bibi, shot to death, August 2011
Allah Ditta was present at home along with his family when Murtaza alias Kali, a resident of Loharan Wla Khoh, Lahore, equipped with arms entered his house along with his accomplices and opened indiscriminate fire. As a result, Irshad Bibi died on the spot. The motive behind the incident is stated that the accused has been suspecting her aunt of having illicit relation with someone. The police took the corpse into custody and shifted to the hospital for autopsy.
The Nation, August 15, 2011
Anam, strangled to death, September 14, 2011
The deceased was identified as Anam, daughter of Ramzan, resident of Ghousia Park. Police said that the deceased’s uncle, Talib Hussain, who was residing at his brother-in-law’s house, suspected that Anam had illicit relations with a Christian youth of the same area.On the day of incident, Talib entered the house and strangled Anam to death and managed to escape from the crime scene. She was taken to a local hospital where the doctors pronounced her dead. Police, after being informed, reached the spot and shifted the dead body to a city morgue. Police registered a case against the accused on the complaint of deceased’s father, Ramzan.
Daily Times, September 15, 2011
Manzooran Bibi and Rani Bibi, throats slit, October 18, 2011
According to detail, old age Manzooran Bibi were residing with her divorced daughter namely Rani Bibi in Chak 423/HR, separately from her sons. Her sons including Ramzan, Allah Bachaya etc, however, opposed to her living with her daughter and had born a grudge against them. They took their mother and sister to their home on the pretext that their separate living was bringing a bad name to their family a few days.On Monday morning, Implementing their plan which had already orchestrated, they cut the throat of their real mother and sister with a sharp edge tool and killed them. The Marot Police took the dead bodies into its custody and registered a murder case against Ramzan, Allah Bachaya and Ghulam Mohammad.
The Nation, October 19, 2011
Shameem, tortured, killed, and beheaded, November 15, 2011
According to police officials, Patafi Colony Sardar Garah residents Abdul Sattar, Shakeel Ahmed and Mohammad Saleem allegedly butchered their sister Shameem and then buried her body in their court yard. Police officials said that a servant who worked at the house tipped them off and they arrived at the scene to investigate on Tuesday morning.
“He told us that he had been forced to help them dig the grave and then cover the courtyard with marble,” investigation officer Hazoor Buksh said. “We broke apart the marble in their courtyard and found the corpse. The woman had been mutilated and the body had been decapitated,” he said.
A neighbour, Irfan, told police officials that the accused suspected Shamim of having relations with another resident of the village. “They had been arguing about the incident for days. We heard them accuse her for several days and they had loud fights but eventually it all stopped,” he said. “On Monday night I went to visit Shamim to see if she was okay but Saleem told me that she had gone to see her aunt in Gujranwala,” Batool Bibi told police.
“They accused her of having an affair and told her that they would kill her and the man she was seeing. Saleem said that he had seen them walking together in the village and that she had dishonoured the family,” a servant at the house told the police.
“They took pains to cover up the body. They buried her in their own courtyard but covered the entire surface with marble. We would never have thought to look here if we hadn’t been told about it,” Rukanpur investigation officer Hazoor Buksh told reporters that police had filed an FIR under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and had sent the body for an autopsy.
“The girl was brutally tortured and killed with an axe. They decapitated the body and then buried her,” said a DHQ Hospital doctor.“We are conducting DNA tests and so far all the evidence points to the three brothers,” Buksh said. “The three men have been taken into custody but we are waiting for the full details of the MLC report to be released,” he added.
Kashif Zafar, The Express Tribune, November 16, 2011
Samina Rajput, shot to death, December 3, 2011
Report said that Samina Rajput, 18, daughter of Khan Muhammad was shot dead while her body was brought to the emergency ward of Civil Hospital, Mirpurkhas for autopsy.
Deceased's brother Hashim Rajput was later surrendered before Kot Ghulam Muhammad Police claiming that he killed his sister over karo-kari. Sources said that deceased Ms Samina Rajput had been love marriage with Ali Akbar Mari, resident of Jhilori village on November 22.While according to deceased husband Ali Akbar Mari, they were tortured by armed persons when they were returning to home from local court. He accused that his wife Ms Samina Rajput was kidnapped by her relatives on Nov 25 and later she was murdered. He demanded the higher authorities to provide him justice.
The Nation, December 4, 2011
Razia and Allah Ditta, axed to death, January 2012
However, he was caught when noise rose due to his entry and the house inmates tortured him severely over his offensive deed. During interrogation to the youth, Riyasat became suspicious that Allah Ditta has some illicit relations with his niece Razia who was also present in that house. Hence, Riyasat got infuriated and he killed Razia and Allah Ditta with an axe and handed himself over to the concerned police.
Pakistan Observer, January 16, 2012
Somia and Sobia Bibi, shot to death, April 4, 2012
According to police officials, Abid and his accomplice Afzaal entered his brothers’ house and opened fire on Somia Bibi, wife of Riaz and Sobia Bibi, wife of Ashique, killing both of them instantly.
“After committing the crime, the killer and his accomplice fled the scene,” said SHO Rai Nasir while talking to The Express Tribune.Police officials and neighbours said that the accused had warned both women about their behaviour many times but they did not listen to his warnings. The FIR filed by Muhammad Ashique also confirmed the dispute.
Asad Kharal, The Express Tribune, April 5, 2012
Anvu Shah, beaten and acid poured over face and body, November 2012
The incident happened in Kotli, a small town in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The parents allegedly confessed to the attack after she spoke with a boy outside their house.
According to local police, the girl's father, Mohammed Zafar, became enraged when he found his teenage daughter, Anvu Shah, with the boy outside their home.
In many rural areas of Pakistan, deeply conservative social traditions forbid girls to speak or be seen with boys who are not related by blood.
"Zafar beat her up and then poured acid over her with the help of his wife," Tahir Ayub, a police officer, told Agence France Presse.
"She was badly burnt, but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday," he said.
Local media reports, citing hospital officials, say her death was slow and excruciatingly painful. The girl was brought to hospital with third degree burns all over her body, including her face, arms, and chest. Police were reportedly alerted to the attack by one of Shah's female relatives.Her parents have now been charged with murder.
Muhammed Lila, ABC News, November 2, 2012
Zarqa Kanwal, shot to death, January 2013
Jaranwala Saddar police said that Zarqa Kanwal, a resident of Chak 54-GB, had an argument with her brother, Qayum Shehzad, after he told her not to step out of the house.
They said he had suspected her of having an affair with a boy from the neighbourhood. Following the argument, he stabbed her, killing her on the spot.He later hung her body from a fan to make it look like a suicide. Police registered a case against Shehzad, after his father named him as the suspect. Police said they were looking for him.
The Tribune, January 5, 2013
19-year old female, strangled to death, May 2013
The police arrived at the spot and found the circumstantial evidence suspicious.
So, they got an autopsy conducted on the body and also gathered information from the neighbours of the deceased. The autopsy report revealed that the death was a homicide.
Narrating the incident to Dawn, the investigators said on May 12 the victim’s paternal uncle informed the police that his niece had committed suicide.
Upon arrival at the house, the police found the body ready for burial. The family had already changed her clothes and given bath to the body.
On inquiry, the family members told the police that she had committed suicide by hanging and nothing was suspicious about the death. The police also found that the clothes, which she had put on at the time of ‘suicide’ and the scarf used in the hanging, had been washed.
It was also revealed that the victim had allegedly committed suicide in her maternal uncle’s house.
The victim’s family said as the girl had committed suicide they completed the rituals but later her uncle suggested that the police should be informed to avoid any complication. The police shifted the body to hospital for autopsy.
Later, the investigators approached the neighbours to gather information and came to know that the victim had run away from her parents’ house four days back - on May 8 - and returned to the house of her maternal uncle on May 11.
The autopsy on the body showed that she was four months pregnant. Besides, injuries were also found at nine spots on the body, including neck, cheeks, chin and hands.
The autopsy report said it was “homicidal strangulation.” In response, the police registered a murder case against unidentified killer(s) but believed that her family was behind the death in the name of honour.
According to the police investigation, the victim had fallen in love with a 16-year-old boy living in the same locality some two years ago and got pregnant a few months back.
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In the light of the autopsy report and circumstantial evidence, the police registered a murder case. The victim’s family hailed from Dir and her father sells edible items on a pushcart. The paternal uncle of the deceased is a driver by profession.
The police said the family did not want to register a case, so it was lodged on behalf of the state after making a policeman as a complainant.
The police said in such cases the families did not cooperate with them and protect the killers.
They also feared that if the killer(s) was a family member, he would be pardoned by the legal heirs.
The police said the samples collected from the body of the victim, including the foetus, were sent for DNA test to establish the parentage. After establishing the parentage, the man would be arrested on the charge of adultery.
Legal experts and senior police officers are of the opinion that honour killing should be considered as a crime against the state to curb the practice.
As the complainant in an honour killing case is the legal heir of the victim, who is also the relative of the killer(s), so the issue is settled out of court.The killers always remain unpunished in honour killing cases, so the state should be the complainant instead of the legal heirs, they said.
DAWN, May 20, 2013
Muddassar Jamal, beaten then forced to drink acid, May 30, 2013
Saddar police said that Javaid Khan, a resident of Chak 120-JB, had suspected that his wife and Muddassar Jamal from the neighbourhood were having an affair.
On Thursday, they said, Khan and his accomplices abducted Jamal from his house and took him to a dera, where they beat him up and forced acid into his mouth. After they fled, Jamal informed his brother
Rajab Ali, who took him to Allied Hospital where he died a few hours later.Ali said that on the way to the hospital, his brother told him that he did not have an affair with Khan’s wife. He also identified the assailants...
The Express Tribune, May 31, 2013
Mother and two daughters, shot to death, June 24, 2013
Five masked men barged into the house of retired police officer Rehmat Nabi and started firing, killing his wife and daughters, aged 15 and 16.
According to police, the crime was motivated by a video clip circulated on mobile phones and showing the girls overjoyed by rain in the lawn of their bungalow.
The video, recorded six months ago, was circulated in the area four months later probably after a relative sent it to his friends.
Police believed that the girls’ stepbrother Khutore took it as an “assault on the honour of his family” and tried to “restore the family’s honour” by killing the girls.Khutore escaped when police tried to get in touch with him for investigation. But, his four friends were arrested and, according to a senior police official, they have confessed to the crime. A case has been registered against the five.
Nasir Shah, beaten, lips and nose cut, July 11, 2013
Choti police said that 22-year-old Nasir Shah was kidnapped from his home in the rural area of Pai Gaan village along the tribal belt on Tuesday night. His family said some men had come to the house asking for Shah. They said he went out to meet them and did no return.
The family said they looked for him for several hours before police were informed.
On Wednesday morning, Shah was found lying on the roadside near his house.
His family said he was in a bad condition. His lips and nose had been cut. He was taken to district headquarters hospital, where he underwent a surgery.
Doctors treating Shah told The Express Tribune that he was in critical condition. They said he had bruises all over the body and had several broken bones.
Medical Superintendent Sibghatullah Qureshi said that Shah’s condition was being monitored closely. He said it would only be clear after 24 hours if he still needed more surgeries.
Shah’s mother, Shahida Bibi, told The Express Tribune that while Shah did not have any apparent enemies, his father Ijaz Shah had been accused by a family in the neighbourhood of helping their daughter marry a man they had not approved of. “The woman had eloped with the man to Rajanpur,” she said.
She said her husband had had nothing to do with the woman or the man.
She said she and her husband speculated that the same group was behind the attack on their son.She said they had been threatening them with revenge “in a way they would have never imagined”. She said her husband left the area due to the threats...
Shahnaz Tahir, Tahir Sarwar, Adnan and Ramsha, Mr. Zahid and Mr. Nawaz, shot to death, July 22, 2013
Ms. Shahnaz Tahir, resident of Tara Singh village in Depalpur, Okara district, Punjab Province, was brutally murdered by her father and his henchmen on the night of 22nd July. Shahnaz had tied the knot with Mr. Tahir Sarwar five years ago. She eloped with Tahir, an action which brought social stigma to her family. His father vowed to kill his daughter, following a practice understood to be traditional.
Tahir, after marriage, left his home town along with his wife and lived in another city due to fear of honor killing. After five years of marriage, they decided to visit their parents, thinking that now their parents would accept them and their innocence. But when daughter and his son-in-law arrived at the house, Shahnaz’s father opened fire with weapons, and as a result Shahnaz, her husband Tahir Sarwar, and their two children, Adnan and Ramsha, and their two brothers-in-law, Mr. Zahid and Mr. Nawaz, were all killed. After the massacre Shahnaz’s father was satisfied and opted to run away with his henchmen. A case has been filed with the police and, as per usual, the investigation continues.
In the recent months, Pakistan has witnessed brutal murders of several married women in the name of honour and the state has remained a silent spectator to brutal medieval practices. This is despite Pakistan having passed a categorical law, which has made the honour killing equivalent to crime of murder. Earlier such killings were treated as a defensive crime in protection of the prestige of the family.
It is said that the tradition of honour-killing was a typical way out for landlords who did not want to divide their property, in having to give some to the in-laws of the daughter. However, with the passage of time, honour killing has also extended to marriages by choice. Rather than accepting the marriage of their daughters own choosing, the paternal family take it as a dishonor to the pride of the family and prefer to take law in their own hands. Such families know that the rule of law does not exist in Pakistan; therefore, it is better for them to kill the women, with no botheration of the law, which in a real sense has become impotent, toothless.
These types of cases are abundant and occur in every corner of Pakistan every year. The fire of revenge ends with the loss of innocent lives. The reason: marriage of own choice. Hundreds of women have been killed by their brothers, fathers, cousins and other blood relatives for exercising their rights.
A similar case became public knowledge last year when a girl chose a taxi driver as her life partner. Brutal killings were the result when Ms. Nargis from Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkha province, fell in love with a taxi driver, Mr. Ehtesham. She was tortured to death and her two children were killed by the family in honor killing. When they first found out regarding the relationship, her parents beat her cruelly and kept her locked up inside their house. One day she succeeded in eloping and married Mr. Ethesham. They signed a marriage contract and began leading a happy life. Nargis, after a long time, went to her home town to see her mother. However, she was welcomed by her family with severe anger and violence. Her family members ruthlessly beat her two minor children. Their thirst of revenge not fulfilled, they threw the infants from the roof-top of their home, and Nargis was forced to see her children’s murder. After this, she was brutally beaten to death.
But their inhuman revenge didn’t end there. A case of murder was lodged by the family of Nargis against her husband. The police arrested Mr. Ethesham and his brother and kept them inside the jail for four months, torturing them. Despite all the records disproving any involvement of Ehtesham in any murder the police forced Ehtesham’s brother to sign a statement against his brother, accepting that his brother was a suspect in this case. Later the Judge released Ethesham and his brother and ordered a new inquiry.
Every month many heart-wrenching cases make news, some are registered with the police and others not. The murder of two teenage sisters, Noor Basra and Noor Sheza, by five gunmen in Chilas, Gilgit, is one such case registered. They were killed because they danced during the rain outside their home along with other children and a video was recorded. Their dancing video was leaked in the town. Their half-brother killed the girls for restoration of family honour. A case has been registered by the brother of the girls against their step brother Khutore and four other alleged gunmen.
Similarly, in Dera Gazi Khan, a woman was stoned to death for having a mobile. This order was given by a feudal lord of the area. She was murdered in the name of honor, as having a mobile was understood here to mean dishonor for the family. Such barbaric ideas and actions still flourish in our society and our state and law enforcement departments have no problem with this.
It is an alarming situation for women of Pakistan, where killing of the women along with their children in the name of honor is treated not as an offence, but something in accord with Islamic traditions. Society is being forced to denounce marriage on the basis of choice of the couple. ‘Talibanisation’ is not only restricted to terrorist activities or bomb blasts. Its ideology against the freedom of women has seeped into society with considerable speed, and practices that have nothing to do with Islam have come to be understood as principals of Islam. Therefore, the woman’s right to choose her own life partner is being dealt with medieval violence. Women are being killed in the settlement of family debts, or are being married to aged people, or to save the property are being married to the Quran, or are being sold for money. They are being killed if they raised their voice for their rights, killed if they seek divorce from husbands, or seek to escape domestic violence. And, religion is being used against them.
Honor killings are caused by many factors of society, including feudal culture, customs, absence of a criminal justice system and fair trial, a weak judiciary, and gender bias and corruption in law enforcement agencies.
Landed aristocracy have a great influence in some areas of Pakistan where they hold jirgas (illegal judicial system for the settlement of the disputes). In jirgas, generally, decisions are taken against the women, and minor girls are exchanged to settle feuds.
In the presence of a law which makes it a criminal offence how are honour killings being allows to continue with such violence and brutality. As of yet, no one has been punished according to the law. In the absence of a proper criminal justice system and a witness protection law, the killers get good patronage of the police. By seeking legal protection from Sections 323 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC); the perpetrators (family member/relatives) not only enjoy legal impunity but social redemption as well. With the compensation through the Diyat (Section 323 of PPC), the perpetrators get impunity by law, which allows the payment of compensation to the victim for the settlement of disputes outside the court. And it is during this phase that the victims, the women, are intimidated, threatened, or abducted so they accept the meager amount as compensation, and courts remain silent spectators.
In many cases, gender biased judges force the affected women to settle the crime outside the courts. The said section of Diyat also holds a minimum compensation of Rupees 30,000, which has no value. But by the amount of compensation being kept at a minimum level, perpetrators take advantage. There is a strong demand from the civil society of Pakistan to abolish Diyat, but the state and higher judiciary take shelter behind Islamic teachings and so-called sacred norms.If the higher judiciary, and particularly the Supreme Court, does not take notice of honour killings that punish women for choosing their life partners, society will face the worst violence in the name of religion. Courts have to ensure protection of girls under threat. Government must stop all kinds of jirgas.
Nida Nida, Asian Human Rights Commission, July 27, 2013, http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-ART-084-2013.
Sabina Bibi and Asad Abbas, strangled and suffocated to death, July 2013
The Express Tribune, July 28, 2013, http://tribune.com.pk/story/582795/over-honour-man-kills-daughter-and-her-boyfriend/.
Shahida Bibi, beaten to death, August 12, 2013
Police said Shahida Bibi*, a resident of Azeem Colony and a mother of three, went missing a day before Eid. Some neighbours told her in-laws that they had seen her with a man from the neighbourhood. Police said she returned the next day and said she had gone to visit a cousin.
On Monday, police said, her brother visited her house and said that he had established that she had not visited her cousin that night. He said some one had informed her father-in-law that she had gone with a man. At this, police said, he started beating her. Her father-in-law joined him in the beating.
They then hit her with a brick on the head several times. When her sister-in-law tried to save her, they said, her father-in-law hit her as well. They accused her of “helping her spend a night outside the house without informing her family”.Shahida Bibi died on the spot. Her sister-in-law was taken to the DHQ hospital, where she was reported to be in critical condition. Doctors treating her said that she had severe head injuries...
The Express Tribune, August 13, 2013, http://tribune.com.pk/story/589329/honour-woman-beaten-to-death-by-father-in-law-her-brother/.
Female, shot to death, September 2013
The Express Tribune, September 21, 2013, http://tribune.com.pk/story/607163/honour-killing-woman-shot-dead-by-brother-accomplices/.
22-year-old female, aunt & cousin, shot and buried, September 15, 2013
A 22-year-old woman from Karachi who married a Jawaki shopkeeper about two years ago was accused of fleeing her husband's house and marrying another man in the northwestern Swat valley with the help of her aunt and cousin, a local administration official said.
The local tribal council or jirga intervened in the matter and decided on Sunday that the women should be killed.
Relatives shot the three dead at their house late Sunday night and buried them on Monday morning, he added.
“It is a case of honour killings and was settled under tribal customs where the Pakistani criminal code is not applicable,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
“According to the information gathered from local sources, the girl was not happy with her husband.”Local intelligence officials confirmed the killings.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says 943 women and girls were murdered in 2011 after being accused of tarnishing their families' honour.The statistics highlight the violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens.
15-year old female, shot to death, October 11, 2013
Police said the men had suspected her of having an affair with a neighbour. On Friday, they and their two accomplices- identified as Karamat Ali and Sabir Hussain in the FIR- shot her several times and fled. Some neighbours informed the Sadiqabad Saddar police on hearing the shots.
Police raided the area and arrested Solangi.An FIR was registered and the body has been sent to tehsil headquarters hospital for a post-mortem examination...
Kashif Zafar, The Express Tribune, October 12, 2013, http://tribune.com.pk/story/616757/honour-crime-15-year-old-girl-man-killed-by-brothers/.