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.
A newly wed couple was murdered in cold blood for marrying out of their own will on Saturday in Abbottabad.
According to Express News, the couple, hailing from Pawa region in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa, named Nasir and Fizza got married a few weeks ago against the will of their family members.
The duo was called in by Fizza’s family to reconcile matters, which turned out to be a trap for the two. Members of Fizza’s family then allegedly killed her and her husband in the name of honour. Their dead bodies were then thrown ruthlessly to the streets.
The police informed that a case has been registered and that culprits will be held accountable under the light of evidences.
Earlier in January, a girl and her fiancé were gunned down, allegedly by the girl’s maternal uncle after spotting the couple chatting with each other in Sindh’s Ghotki.
The girl, identified as Nazeeran, was speaking with her husband-to-be Shahid in Nayi Wahi village in the suburbs of Ghotki when seen by her uncle, who opened fire on them out of anger, Express News reported. According to police, the victims were each other’s cousins and the incident was a case of ‘honour killing’….
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) hasreported an average of 650 “honour” killings annually over the past decade. But since most go unreported, the real number is likely to be much higher.