Pakistan: Muslim “spiritual healer” advises man to kill his wife and daughter for “honor,” he complies

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.

“Man murders family based on advice by spiritual healer,” Pakistan Today, October 9, 2018:

A man killed his wife and two children based on advise from a spiritual healer in Khanewal district on Monday, a local media outlet reported.

The man, identified as Shaukat Ali, visited Multan to discuss problems with his faith healer who told him to murder his wife and daughter in the name of ‘honour’.

Shaukat killed his 55-year-old wife, 17-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son when they were asleep. However, his 11-year-old-son woke up and fled the scene.

Police soon reached the crime scene and arrested Shaukat….

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