Pakistan: Muslim father beheads his 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend in honor killing

Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.

“Teenage girl, boyfriend beheaded by father and uncle in Attock village,” by Tahir Naseer, Dawn, September 24, 2018:

An 18-year-old girl was beheaded along with her 21-year-old boyfriend by her father and uncle in what the police are calling yet another incident of honour killing, DawnNews TV reported on Monday.

The incident, that took place in a small village in Attock district, transpired when the man arrived at the girl’s house to meet her, police said. Soon after, the girl’s father Masood and her uncle Waheed walked in and, after tying the victims with ropes, beheaded them with a sharp object.

The police have arrested both suspects and recovered the murder weapon as well, Sub-inspector of Saddar police station Asif Khan told DawnNews TV. The bodies of both victims have been sent to District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy after which they will be returned to their families. A case of double-murder has also been registered.
Honour killings continue despite new laws

Scores of people in Pakistan, an overwhelming majority of whom are women, are still being murdered by relatives for bringing ‘shame’ on their family, more than a year since new laws came into force aimed at stemming the menace of ‘honour killings’. In October 2016, a joint sitting of both houses of parliament passed two key pro-women bills that had been pending assent for a long time….

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