Honour killing: Suspect surrenders, ‘confident of acquittal’

Published: January 24, 2012

Bachaya gave his arrest on Saturday after killing Alina* in an axe attack for alleged loose morals.

MUZAFFARGARH: 

Allah Bachaya has surrendered himself to Rohilanwali police after killing his sister in the name of honour but he is confident that he will be released in a matter of days.

Bachaya gave his arrest on Saturday after killing Alina* in an axe attack for alleged loose morals.

He told The Express Tribune that he was certain his brother-in-law would withdraw the case as it was a matter of family’s honour. “I have killed her because she brought disgrace to the family’s name,” Bachaya said.

“She had become a nuisance. I feel no remorse over my actions. I am backed by the family. They were in favour of my decision to kill her,” he said.

Bachaya said Alina* had eloped more than once with [different] men from the neighbourhood. On Saturday, he said, she had returned home after spending three days with a man.

Alina*, 25, was married to Muhammad Akhtar. The couple had three children.

Akhtar, who is the complainant in the FIR against Bachaya, told The Tribune that while he had filed a complaint in the matter he might withdraw it in a few days.

“I believe he (Bachaya) has not done wrong. Nothing is above honour,” he said. “I would have also taken similar action had my sister left her husband and eloped with someone else,” he said, “I filed the report so that the police are informed of the matter. I don’t plan on prosecuting him (Bachaya),” he said. He said he would soon inform the police in writing that he had pardoned the suspect.

“When she returned home on Saturday, I sat down with her and tried to make her realise the consequences of her actions but she kept straying from the topic,” he said.

Later, he said, Bachaya came over to his house on finding out that Alina* had returned. Following an argument, he said, Bachaya attacked Alina* with an axe, chopping both her legs. She died while she was being taken to hospital.

Rohilanwali SHO Waseem Leghari said the police had registered a case on the complaint of the deceased’s husband.

He said an autopsy had already been carried out and the body handed over to the family. He said the police would proceed in the matter in accordance with the law.

*Victim’s name has been changed to protect her identity   

Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • friendlykamustaka
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:25PM

    It is no accident or coincidence that Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.

    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.”

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  • Mary
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:29PM

    The arrogance is unmistakable. Notice there is the assurance of exoneration under Sharia law because he (merely) accused her of impropriety. There is no trial to prove such allegations, only the accusation of the perpetrator and those of his supporters. Even if she did run off with someone for three days (and why would she do that and simply come home to be murdered for it?), Sharia law sanctions male anarchical kingdoms wherein women can be murdered for embarrassing the men in her family. Under U.S. law, killing someone to save face is considered First Degree Murder and is punishable by death, except when President (acting-Caliph) Obama prohibits government agencies from recognizing, collecting evidence of, and prosecuting the criminal intent of Islamic honor killing.Recommend

  • Ell Cee
    Feb 9, 2012 - 2:33AM

    Fri 24, Feb there is an event to Honor the lives of the Victims lost to this sort of crime. Here is the event page on Facebook. Please join us as we Honor the Persecuted and Shine Light on Injustice. http://www.facebook.com/events/208919299166871/

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