675 'honour killing' victims in Pakistan: HRCP

By AFP
Published: December 20, 2011

At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of the year for allegedly defaming their family's honour.

ISLAMABAD: At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of the year for allegedly defaming their family’s honour, a leading human rights group said Tuesday.

Despite some progress on better protecting women’s rights, activists say the government needs to do far more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.

“A total of 675 women and girls were killed in the name of honour across Pakistan from January to September,” a senior official in the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan told AFP.

They included at least 71 victims under the age of 18.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is unauthorised to speak to the media, said figures were still being compiled from October to December, and that a full report would be released in February.

The Commission reported 791 honour killings in 2010 and there was no discernible decrease this year, the official added.

Around 450 of the women killed from January to September were accused of having “illicit relations” and 129 of marrying without permission.

Some victims were raped or gangraped before being killed, he said. At least 19 were killed by their sons, 49 by their fathers and 169 by their husbands.

Rights groups say the government should do more to ensure that women subject to violence, harassment and discrimination have effective access to justice.

Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch, told AFP that the state’s inability to enforce rule of law, leaving matters in the hands of tribesmen and local elders, was a major factor.

“We have a system in Pakistan where the state and judicial recourse are absent and the vacuum is filled by local elders,” he said.

“A combination of legal reforms, exercise of administrative authority and social awareness can greatly help check the honour killings,” he added.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Zalim singh
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:30PM

    sad

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  • alicia
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:02PM

    thats les there would be thousands more unrepoted

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 4:16PM

    Vienna,December 20,2011
    All unatural deaths, totalling over 50,000 during the last ten years
    in Pakistan including that of poor military personnel,should be
    taken seriously as honour kllings by Pakistan establishment
    and their live strategic assets partners.These killings should
    be stopped. That is what the whole non Pakistani world demands
    as a matter of right of humans under the banner of the United
    Nations.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Javed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:39PM

    Our typical response! Blame it on the West, India and Israel, shrug your shoulders and move on.

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  • Arslan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:05PM

    That is horrifying.

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  • Patriotic
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:42PM

    and how much honor do these families get after killing their daughters? Everyone should have the right to have relationships with whoever they want and to marry the people of their choice. Why don’t these “Muslims” learn from the fact that the Prophet’s marriage to Khadija was a love marriage and not an “arranged” marriage? Even more pathetic is the fact that it is quite evident from the lack of comments on this particular article that our society is a hypocritical one. We rant on and on about Islam and peace and tolerance but condone such heinous, barbaric acts! Shameful!

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  • Ahsan Butt
    Dec 21, 2011 - 12:05AM

    All the human beings are equal regardless of their sex. They have equall rights to live their lives. In our society, particularly, women are the victim of Honour Killings. Let me ask a couple of Questions. Are they born just to limit theirselves? Don’t they have the feelings like those of men? Why our society is silent regarding the innate rights of the women? Why people prefer worldy things to women? Are we supposed to hate them, subordinate them and even kill them?
    I Would like to appeal to our society that try to understand each other otherwise we’ll loss our Identity. Give the women their Innate Rights.

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  • Mehdi Hassan Zafari
    Dec 24, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Women are the creators of a society, there is a 90 to 95 percent chance that an educated woman will educate their children and that is how a society becomes educated. Plus Islam allows women to choose their companion for marriage. Shameful and sad, one of the first commands that the Prophet (PBUH) got from God was to treat your women fairly and stop infanticide. How can we call our selves Muslims??

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