Over ‘honour’: Prayer leader kills daughter

Published: May 5, 2014

The prayer leader suspected his daughter was having an affair with someone in Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

TORGHAR: A prayer leader allegedly gunned down his daughter in the name of honour on Sunday morning.

Villagers said Maulana Taoos of Balyani village in Kandar tehsil suspected his daughter, 17-year-old Zubaida, of having an affair with a relative in Karachi.

On Saturday night, he reportedly subjected her to severe torture, forcing her to confess. After Fajr prayers on Sunday, the maulana shot her dead with an AK-47. Zubaida was later buried by villagers.

Coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Zahid Khan condemned the incident and said Torghar still has centuries-old traditions which have claimed the lives of several men and women in the name of honour. Police have yet to register a criminal case against the accused who fled the village after the incident as no one has lodged a complaint.


Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2014.

Reader Comments (5)

  • TheOne
    May 6, 2014 - 12:00AM

    I know a youngster who ran away with a girl. Their parents found them, asked a moulvi what to do. The moulvi said a simple nikkah would be best because they confessed to doing the deed. The End. I don’t understand what kind of person’s first thought is to kill someone. Thank goodness we were born in families who weren’t raised around guns and another’s life is a precious commodity for us to protect.


  • Matthew
    May 6, 2014 - 11:07PM

    It’s murder. Regardless of whether someone lodged a complaint, he should be taken to court and tried for his crime.


  • sid
    May 7, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Thumbs Up..Taoos.. you did a wonderful job.

    no one said, why the girl had affair in such a backward area.

    shall you people want “having affairs” be allowed?Recommend

  • me again
    May 7, 2014 - 9:35PM

    i gave a reply to sid regarding on what basis does he think this is okay b/c it def not islam & its not showing up?


  • Matthew
    May 7, 2014 - 11:10PM

    @sid: Even if it was wrong of her to have an affair it doesn’t justify his beating her and killing her. Such matters should be taken by a court. In my opinion, if she is sleeping with someone she is in effect married to him. The ceremony of marriage only makes that official.


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