Woman brutally killed over love marriage in Pakistan

Honor killings and honor violence are escalating here and abroad. The problem is that we can’t talk about the problem, as evidenced by the controversy that Hamas-CAIR whipped up over the documentary here in the States, “Honor Diaries.”

Over 91% of honor killings worldwide are Islamic.

According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, “In the name of preserving family ‘honor,’ women and girls are shot, stoned, burned, buried alive, strangled, smothered and knifed to death with horrifying regularity.” Between 5,000 and 20,000 so-called honor killings are committed each year, based on long-held beliefs that any female who commits — or is suspected of committing — an “immoral” act should be killed to “restore honor” to her family.

But of course that number is far higher.

Because so many honor killings are never reported — and because international organizations are discouraged from keeping statistics on such politically sensitive practices — no one knows how many honor killings occur each year.

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“Woman brutally killed over love marriage in Pakistan,” IANS, May 15, 2014:

Farzana, 20, was killed by three of her family members who were against her inter-caste marriage to Shabir, 26.
ISLAMABAD: Three family members brutally killed a woman with a sickle for marrying a man from a different caste in the eastern town of Sahiwal in Pakistan, a police source told Efe on Thursday.

Farzana, 20, was killed by three of her family members who were against her inter-caste marriage to Shabir, 26.

“The victim’s relatives kept chasing the couple, following which the two jumped off a moving train”, Ejaz Ullah, a police officer from Sahiwal, said.

The family later convinced the woman to return to the town, where in front of the panchayat the two conflicting tribal clans accepted the marriage.

After the decision, the family of Farzana took her home where she was butchered with a sickle, police said.

The victim’s uncle has been detained by the police while two other suspects are still at large.

According to the report published by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 913 women were victims of honour killings in 2012, which declined just slightly to 869 in 2013.

“The murderers enjoy complete impunity,” says the report, as, according to Islamic tradition, the perpetrators can be acquitted if the victim’s family pardons the crime.

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