Men of ‘honour’: Cousins ‘killed for fleeing forced marriage’

Published: December 14, 2010

Cops say women were murdered soon after they were released from police custody

MULTAN: Two young women were murdered in the name of ‘honour’ while they were returning home from the Multan district jail on a donkey cart on Saturday.

Khursheed (21) and Nadra (23) were returning to their home town of Mozah Marhaata in the Pir Adil village of Dera Ghazi Khan.

The two women were allegedly trying to escape a forced marriage. According to the girls’ housemaid, they were cousins and were trying to avoid being forcefully wed to their paternal cousins. “They left their home nearly 18 days ago and we didn’t hear from them. The men of the family were searching for their whereabouts,” housemaid Aleena said.

Police officials said the women were apprehended by swindlers and were forced into prostitution. “We arrested them from a brothel on December 3 in Fateh Noor and they told us what had happened,” the superintendent of police, Azam Kamal, said. “We had initially registered a case against them for soliciting customers and they were in jail but were released on bail on Sunday at 6:30 pm,” he said. Police officials confirmed that the women had been arrested in Fateh Noor and were later sent to the Multan district jail. “The case became known in the area and their relatives must have found out,” Kamal said, adding that a few hours after the women were released they were ambushed. Police officials said that Mumtaz and Ghulam Hussain, their fiancés, opened fire on them. “We have been told that the girls’ father and uncle were also part of the attackers,” Kamal said.

Police officials said that the family members were trying to bury the bodies when the station house officer (SHO), Ilm Din, managed to recover the bodies of the victims and sent them for a post mortem. “They were trying to do it all secretly.

The men stood in the shade of the trees and one of the boys was digging up the graves when we caught them,” Din said. Khursheed’s father, Muhammad Azeem, said that he would register a case against Mumtaz and others for the murder of his daughter. “I still maintain that the families of the girls knew about the incident and were behind it but we will discover the truth in the investigation,” SHO Ilm Din said, adding that even Azeem was present at the burial site but immediately changed his story when the police began to interrogate him.

Neighbours of the family have told the police that they had seen all the men of the family chase after the girls when they left the village.

“They openly said that the women would not return home alive because they had dishonoured their families,” said Azeem’s neighbour Shaukat Anwar.

“We are currently waiting for the post mortem report but we have arrested all the men present at the burial site,” Din said. Police officials have begun an investigation and have taken all the accused into custody.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • mmok2k8
    Dec 14, 2010 - 10:30AM

    Why is it that an arranged marriage is only called a forced marriage when one or both parties do something to escape the situation? Every arranged marriage is a FORCED MARRIAGE. It goes against human nature to marry someone that others choose for you. Social and familial pressure along with a brainwashing during formative years makes them all forced, as it goes against the human evolutionary process to find your own BEST partner. The gene pool is limited and inbred due to cousins marrying cousins. Rather than having a 50/50 chance of inheriting a genetic disease or disorder, children are given a 100% chance.

    As human beings we are “supposed” to be at the top of the food chain, the continuation of “survival of the fittest” which is at the core of human evolution, is imperitive!!!! Laziness and a desire to be seen as ROYAL and a sick controlling mentality of parents is the reason this inbreeding has persisted so long. Recommend

  • Ducky
    Dec 15, 2010 - 4:00AM

    MISINTERPRETATION of the religion seems to exacerbate this problem…”Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Dec 15, 2010 - 6:38AM

    I hope that each and every person involved in this murder is prosecuted and given the death sentence. Anything less would be unjust.Recommend

  • Iftikhar
    Dec 15, 2010 - 10:32AM

    @Ducky: This issue has nothing to do with religion, it is actually part of pre-islamic old traditions which should have been abondoned a long ago. Why you try to blame everything on religion? May be its your lack of knowledge or narrow mindedness. Honour killing is a more severe problem in India especially in state of Haryana. What you would say on that? Recommend

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