Husband murdered in Multan in rare male 'honour killing'

Published: June 18, 2016
Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour PHOTO: AFP

Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour PHOTO: AFP

MULTAN: A man’s throat was slit by relatives of his wife in Multan who disapproved of their marriage in the latest “honour killing” to hit the country, police said Saturday.

Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour, but it is rare for victim to be a man.

The murder happened at a marketplace in Burewala, Punjab  on Friday, when Muhammad Irshad, 43, was attacked by his father-in-law and two brothers in-law, police said.

“The assailants were armed with knives and hatchets and after inflicting several wounds on Irshad’s body they slit his throat,” district police chief Ghazi Salahuddin told AFP.

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Irshad had married Mussarat Bibi, the daughter of a rich local agricultural family, about a year ago and fled as he feared his in-laws would kill him, but he had returned to see his parents, the police chief said.

A manhunt had been launched to find Irshad’s in-laws, who remained at large, he added.

Last week 16 year-old Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice in a case that sparked condemnation throughout the country.

It was swiftly followed by another killing, of a couple in Lahore who married without their family’s consent.

On Thursday relatives slit the throat of a young mother who was pregnant with her second child after she married against their will in the village of Buttaranwali, some 75 kilometres (46 miles) north of Lahore.

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On Sunday a young girl was killed by her brother for insisting on marrying the man of her choice in the city of Sialkot.

A film on honour killings in Pakistan won an Oscar for best documentary short in February.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to eradicate the “evil” amid publicity for the film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, but as yet no fresh legislation has been tabled.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • vinsin
    Jun 18, 2016 - 8:12PM

    This is equality. Recommend

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    Jun 18, 2016 - 11:57PM

    When I read such news I feel like I am living in Stone age – 5000 Years ago. Recommend

    Jun 19, 2016 - 9:58AM

    Honor is shared by men and women in killing not living in Pakistan……….Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2016 - 10:06AM

    Why has there been no action as yet? Almost everyday these news items appear in the papers. That is because the rulers prefer keeping Pakistan a rural and tribal village.
    One or two speedy and punishing trials and all will be OKAY. InshaAllah! Salaams Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 19, 2016 - 10:09AM

    @Mirza Asif Baig:
    You haven’t seen anything yet ! Soon kids will be at it to ensure their ‘honor’ is restored !Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Jun 19, 2016 - 11:53AM

    Men Protection Bill is the need of the hour. I am assuming feminists & Mulla haters would agree with me here. Btw I don’t get to see many comments when a man is a victim of violence? Recommend

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