Kari tradition: Two sisters killed for fleeing home

Published: March 9, 2012

A cousin of the women said they had deserved the punishment for showing disobedience to elders. He said everyone in the family was unanimous in declaring them kari.


Kot Momin police have registered a murder case against a man accused of killing his two sisters after they were declared kari by a jirga.

Investigation Officer SI Rab Nawaz said a team had been formed to arrest the suspect, Farman, 27, who had fled the area after killing his sisters – Kahkshan, 20, and Afshan, 24. He said the FIR had been registered on a complaint filed by Rana Qadeer, father of the deceased girls. The bodies had been sent for a post mortem examination.

Police said the jirga had been held after the two girls had returned home from Lahore over a week ago.

He quoted the family as saying that they had persuaded the girls to return by assuring them of their safety. But, he said, they later organised a jirga which decided that it was a matter of honour and pardoning the deceased would bring disgrace to the family. The women were then strangled by their brother on directives of the jirga at their home in Mohllah Dak-Khana.

Police said the two women had fled home and moved to Lahore over a month ago. They said there was no information about the women’s motive behind fleeing home or the person with whom they stayed in Lahore.

They said the family had sought intervention of their contacts in Lahore to persuade the women to return home.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Imran, a cousin of the deceased women, justified their killing.

He said the women had deserved the punishment for showing disobedience to elders. He said everyone in the family was unanimous in declaring them kari.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Rashida
    Mar 11, 2012 - 12:52AM

    I am an American of Pakistani descent. This behavior is abominable in my opinion. Evil, deceitful, hateful and loathesome. What a backward thing to do. Do these people have any sense of humanity? Or any sense at all….Let’s kill the members of our family who show any motivation to live beyond the village with no running water, where our food is cooked with camel dung as the fuel…Thank God my father left that hole!


  • Rashida
    Mar 11, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Backward people kill those who challenge their backward ideas. Don’t you know that young women are the most motivated segment of your backward society? The rest of the world sits in astonishment at the pronouncements of death by toothless, dusty denizens of villages with no running water! Move with the rest of the world into the 21st century!


  • Trevor
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:51AM

    I’d like to meet their cousin and brother in a dark alleyway.

    It’s unanimous that they’re morons who deserve to be punished.


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