14-year-old killed for refusing to marry father’s cousin

Published: February 4, 2011
Mother says she does not want to see killers prosecuted.

Mother says she does not want to see killers prosecuted.

VEHARI: A 14-year-old girl was killed in Vehari on Wednesday night allegedly by his family for refusing to marry a man they proposed.

Rafia’s father Mukhtar Hussain and an uncle were arrested by Luddan police on Thursday. The police said Hussain and his brothers – former nazim Muhammad Ramzaan and Farasat Hussain – killed the girl by giving her electric shocks.

SHO Mirza Asif Baig said that Mukhtar Hussain had admitted to killing his daughter. He said Hussain wanted to marry the girl to his 52-year-old cousin, Saeed Ahmed. Hussain told the police his cousin was married but had no son. He said they had registered a case against Hussain and his brother.

The victim’s mother, nominally the complainant, told The Express Tribune that she did not want her husband to be jailed. “My daughter was a disgrace to the family. We can’t tolerate our children disrespecting their elders’ wishes so we killed her,” Mukhtar Mai said, “why would I want my husband to be punished? He did the right thing.”

She said that earlier she had wanted to marry Rafia in her family. She added that she withdrew her decision once her husband and his brothers decided to marry her to Ahmed.

Ali Muhammad, the girl’s grand father, also endorsed his son’s actions. He said Rafia had previously tried to elope with a neighbour.

Experts said that in such cases the court had the power to set aside any attempt by the complainant to withdraw or settle the case or pardon the murderers.

Sayed Faisal Raza Bukhari, a criminal law expert, told the Tribune that in honour killing cases where the complainant had withdrawn or intended to withdraw the FIR, the court had the right to intervene and punish the offender. He said Section 311 of the Pakistan Penal Code vested the power in the court. He said it was meant to stop people from abusing the judicial process.

Section 311: ta’zir on waiver of qisas

Ta’zir after waiver or compounding of right of qisas in qatl-i-amd:

Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 309 or Section 310, where all the wali do not waive or compound the right of qisas, or [if] the principle of fasad-fil-arz the Court may, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, punish an offender against whom the right of qisas has been waived or compounded with death or imprisonment for life or imprisonment of either description for a term of which may extend to fourteen years as ta’zir.

Provided that if the offence has been committed in the name or on the pretext of honour, the imprisonment shall not be less than ten years.


For the purpose of this section, the expression ‘fasad-fil-arz’ shall include the past conduct of the offender, or whether he has any previous convictions, or the brutal or shocking manner in which the offence has been committed which is outrageous to the public conscience, or if the offender is considered a potential danger to the community or if the offence has been committed in the name or on the pretext of honour.

Code of Criminal Procedure

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2011.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:26AM

    This is the height of illiteracy in Pakistan. The mother and father wanted their own daughter to marry a 53 year old sex maniac, and when she refuses, they kill her and are proud of it?
    Is this illiteracy? Isn’t this a form of extremism too? Is it lack of religious education? Is it distorted religious education?

    I am at a loss to understand.Recommend

  • Gus the Grouter
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:31AM

    When do Muslim women get a chance to, say, do a little honour killing of Muslim men? The ranks of these mostly pathetic creatures need thinning out.Recommend

  • wow
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:45AM

    Kill them publiclyRecommend

  • Ammar
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:10PM

    The country is cursed in one way or the other. It really is unfortunate. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Feb 4, 2011 - 2:16PM

    @Gus the Grouter…..Muslim women have full right to carry out honour killings of such men. Society should have no black sheeps, whether women or men. I would support mass honour killings of such beasts, whether by men or womenRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Feb 4, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Nothing to do with religion but everything to do with Poverty. Its common in South Asia.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Feb 4, 2011 - 5:21PM

    Height of ignorance !
    Its just like Arabs used to kill their daughters before Islam to avoid responsibility.
    What do our Mullahs have to say on this ?Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Time of JAHALAT is back…. uff this is outrageous. I wish them eternal hell for killing their daughter and having no shame in it. We like it or not, what would a girl do if she is being forced into a marriage, run away with someone. How can a girl fight the men of house who are forcing her to marry. WAY UNISLAMIC!

    In Islam:

    1) girl has a right to choose her husband – neighbour or whoever no restrictions on that. I agree having an affair is wrong, being physical before marriage is wrong.
    2) a girl cant be forced into a marriage. Hazat Muhammad (PBUH) allowed nullification of marriags where the girls were forced during his time.
    3) eye for an eye….. all of them should be publically hanged.
    4) Is this disrespect to exercise ones right given by the LORD Himself?
    5) what a shame on this mother and father….. is this honour? they r a disgrace to the whole of muslim ummat. Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:03PM

    why arent the mullah coming to streets against brutal murders in name of honour and rapes? why arent they commenting on if the punishments are as per the shariah or not? Recommend

  • Robin
    Feb 4, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Arabs kill their daughters NOW also – 1400 years after Islam too, if daughters don’t listen to father. Read the NewsRecommend

  • Cautious
    Feb 4, 2011 - 10:26PM

    Fascinating – you can say something that offends Islam and you can be executed – you can do something that offends the honor of your family and they can kill you and only spend 10 yrs in jail (assuming anyone bothers to arrest you). Maybe it’s time for Pakistan to join the 21 century.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:07PM

    Agree with Ayesha, Pakistan is back to the days of jahaliyah, THE BLESSED PROPHET (saw) was sent to eradicate it. the door of prophethood is now closed. Now i see only darkness for that country. Floods and earthquakes are a portent and sign for when communitys turn bad and towards darkness. take heed Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Camelid
    Feb 5, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Any religion that condones violence, intolerance and murder is not a religion, its a cult! There are plenty of people of other religions who live in poverty and are uneducated, but they know the difference between right and wrong and do not kill their own children. This child did not shame her parents, they shamed themselves, therefore, maybe they should kill themselves.Recommend

  • Jen06
    Feb 5, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Maybe these people need to quit breeding so they won’t have anyone left to torture. What an idiotic view that somehow killing brings “honor”. Recommend

  • Ashamed
    Feb 5, 2011 - 5:33AM

    Islam as well as every other religion on the face of this planet has its radicals and fanatics that use religion to justify violence and hatred.
    Politics share the same evil outlet.
    When the world turns a blind eye to this, it will be repeated until the end of humanity.Recommend

  • Laurence
    Feb 5, 2011 - 9:32AM

    @Tony Singh:
    Ya right. You read about poor people from other religions killing their children all the time, don’t you?Recommend

  • David
    Feb 5, 2011 - 11:50AM

    “Islam as well as every other religion on the face of this planet has its radicals and fanatics that use religion to justify violence and hatred.”

    Yes, but why does 99.9% of today’s violence and hatred seem to come out of Islam? This has nothing to do with poverty (or very little). It has everything to do with the culture Islam has created over the centuries. But what do I know, I’m just a dhimmi.Recommend

  • Cees Timmerman
    Feb 5, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Matthew 15:4 in action. That woman is just following the supposedly holy scripture of the desert.Recommend

  • Jettsons
    Feb 5, 2011 - 5:52PM

    In my view, South Asian culture needs to shed its idea of honor and embrace the idea of dignity. With honor is attached the notion of reprisal and retribution; with dignity is attached the notion of justice that can only be fulfilled through a functioning and robust system of law and order.

    I spoke to a retired Pakistan Army major recently and told him that there a society needs to have diversity so that a governing system sheds talk about religion of the majority and instead is pressured to govern based on values that everyone may abide by. Such would be necessary for the fruition of an egalitarian society based on law.

    Do Pakistanis still think that somehow the more moderates can win over the discourse of what their society values in Pakistan, when from the very beginning the population was lacking in so many ways – in education, health care, and most of all, in diversity?

    Freedom by division was a self-centered move; thus it was a farce. While many Pakistanis express their shock and dismay over such events as this and Taseer’s assassination, they should not be all too surprised.

    People don’t care much about what Islam is supposed to mean for the human soul; people care more about what is actually happening — something which Pakistani culture is averse to being confronted about. Recommend

  • GW
    Feb 5, 2011 - 6:16PM


    There is nothing fascinating at all about these sick people committing these acts against women.Recommend

  • yourmom
    Feb 5, 2011 - 6:50PM

    his family? second line!Recommend

  • samoosa
    Feb 5, 2011 - 7:24PM

    Oh my goodness. This is not the 9th century but the 21st. The mother needs to be punished rather.Recommend

  • Moota
    Feb 5, 2011 - 8:33PM

    Just hope this child is in a far kinder and loving world now, than this one……………….

    May she rest in peace.Recommend

  • dara hopkins
    Feb 5, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Islam is coming to the US — just watch – if we are still here and living in 20 years — this will be the norm. Make no mistake. We abort our babies – they have theirs – they grow up – they vote, they elect officials, etc. Sharia law is coming to the US.Recommend

  • John
    Feb 5, 2011 - 9:09PM

    This is what I wrote to my Facebook friends when we were discussing this story:

    “The comments from Muslims to the article were an education.

    Regardless of whether the family endorsed the killing or not, what is the law and how can it be so easily put aside? That is the real reason most countries are backward (honor killings) and poor ($2 per day): no rule of law or property rights.”

    There are ten of thousands of American in anguish over this and other stories. Who will lead these people out of the 4th Century? Recommend

  • John
    Feb 6, 2011 - 9:22AM

    It is nothing but Evil. What kind of person would kill and think they were doing something good? What do they have children for so they have someone to kill? It would be great if they all killed themselves.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Feb 6, 2011 - 10:18AM

    How sad and totally unrecognisable this Pakistan is from the one we knew before 1971.Recommend

  • Sonny Lewis
    Feb 6, 2011 - 10:39AM

    Any culture that deems it an “honor” to murder a 14 year child that refuses to
    to be part a sham marriage to someone old enough to be ther grandfather is truly Barbaric. No, there is a better wordfor it :”Satanic”.**
    I doubt that any god would sanction such behavior of his worshipers.
    This kind of behavior orginates with the Devil. Much of the heinous acts like this one done in the name of religon or “honor” is actually done by people who are under the influence and control of Demons.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Feb 6, 2011 - 1:45PM

    Demons existing in the form of homosapians.We have no bloody right to call ourselves humans,even an animal kingdom would be better than this.Illiteracy/Jahalat is a term which doesn’t really apply on us,we are still yet to reach that stage of evolution.Welcome to the land
    of pure!Recommend

  • JC
    Feb 6, 2011 - 9:35PM

    All those in the West that think extreme Islam is benign should observe stories such as this. We are dealing with a completely different set of values where human life does not hold the same level of value. Ask any mother in the Western world if they would accept the murder of their child under any circumstance, religious or otherwise, and you will see the abject difference. This is the mentality of those that have issued the fatwa to undermine the laws of the Western world and implement Sharia law.

    Although I respect everyone’s freedom of religion, we must not let Sharia gain footholds in the Western world or one day our daughters will face a similar fate…..Recommend

  • Hassan
    Feb 7, 2011 - 12:19AM


    This is not a sharia issue,law,or code this is a cultural issue so please don’t harp on about sharia law being to blame. If you say it is a sharia law\issue please show the proof. Thank you.**Recommend

  • Kevin
    Feb 7, 2011 - 12:23AM

    And Western women still complain about everything? How clueless they, and the feminized men that support anything they do, really are….Recommend

  • Javed Afridi
    Feb 7, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Its illiteracy, lack of religious education. These beasts don’t know the rights and respect, a daughter enjoys in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to stand up to receive his daughter in his house. Recommend

  • Saddened and disgisted
    Feb 7, 2011 - 4:09AM

    I agree. We must stop sharia law in the US. If they aren’t happy with us not allowing it, by all means please move elsewhere! This is a disgrace what they did to this child. That man in my eyes and many others is a pedophile. We can’t allow that anywhere.
    I pray for the soul of this young girl. God help them.Recommend

  • Saddened and disgusted
    Feb 7, 2011 - 4:10AM

    Sorry for typo..hit wrong key.Recommend

  • fhh
    Feb 7, 2011 - 6:15AM


  • Janus
    Feb 7, 2011 - 7:00AM

    The sooner we stop US foreign aid to Muslim countries, the better.
    The people of America fund abortions with their taxes. We fund
    foreigners to do their murders, and we fund our military to illegally
    occupy and waste countless of our dollars (pallets of cash) for
    murdering thugs in foreign lands.

    What sort of wash is it, to say, the money is taken by our federal
    government and we can’t do anything about it? How far does that
    fly? It’s our money. It’s our government. It’s our military and it’s time
    the foot of the American people came down on those who abuse
    it all.Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2011 - 10:41AM

    They should face the death penalty. Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Those responsible for the killing and endorsing it should face the death penalty. All of them. Recommend

  • Alex Radinoff
    Feb 7, 2011 - 11:14AM

    @Cees Timmerman

    Why don’t you put Matt. 15:4 into context. And read it or state it as it’s meant to be stated and quit chopping up and paraphrasing things to justify your point.Recommend

  • Pene
    Feb 7, 2011 - 1:34PM

    There is no honor in taking an innocent life.Recommend

  • Is it only education that people lack? Didn’t they have access to Islamic teachings and principals to deal with such matters? Recommend

  • Paul
    Feb 7, 2011 - 2:57PM

    Barbarians..plain and simple.Recommend

  • Victor Victoravich
    Feb 7, 2011 - 2:59PM

    The only way to save America is to kick out ALL Muslims. 9/11 happened from WITHIN. They boarded these planes RIGHT HERE. If they’re not in this country they can’t kill anymore of us. It’s just common sense. Sorry about the moderate ones that would have to go also, but we can’t see what’s in their hearts. If we don’t kick them out we are committing suicide.

    These people are killing people in every country that they reside, Europe, Asia, etc. Europe needs to kick them out also before anyone else dies. Islam is a religion hate and death. All you college graduate politicians are too stupid to realize this, especially the liberals who defend these vermin……open your eyes because they want to ultimately kill YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN TOO, when they get strong enough in America…..so keep letting them in this country………..we’re committing suicide. BTW, the news won’t show it, but the muslims just slaughtered two Christian families in Egypt on January 30th while they were sleeping, and the children’s ages 4, 3, etc.


  • Proud Pakistani
    Feb 7, 2011 - 4:03PM

    The people who keep relating this issue to religion should read the article once more, since there is no religious reference anywhere! Please don’t mix up the issue with another one, since there is no mention of Sharia law. Indeed, it’s sad that these incidents happen everyday in all parts of the country, but in a place where education is hard to come by, and where many educators are biased and support these things, it’s unsurprising. Awareness among the masses should be top priority for those in power. Recommend

  • Yvonne
    Feb 7, 2011 - 4:28PM

    How pathetic that a mother who is supposed in the forefront in protecting her children is pushing her daughter to the gallows. This shows ignorance at its highest and the world should help to eradicate this. Ignorace is the taproot of povertyRecommend

  • Carlos
    Feb 7, 2011 - 7:46PM

    Its like the story that came out last wk about the14 yr old girl in Bangladesh that was raped by her 40 yr old cousin and then given 100 lashes for it. She passed out on the 80th lash and later died. These things are abhorrent and monstrously evil. Poverty or ignorance are not to blame; it is a religion that gives them a free pass.Recommend

  • talat
    Feb 8, 2011 - 7:17AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:

    How Islam or literacy comes in here when they justify lynching on religious grounds? Recommend

  • Sam
    Feb 8, 2011 - 12:00PM

    before you go off and blame islam, you should read about it. In Islam you cannot force anyone to get married and arranged marriages are prohibited. The girl has to accept the guy and the guy has to accept the girl.

    The fact that this happened is sick. It is not about religion, so dont go off blaming the religion just because these animals dont follow it correctly, Recommend

  • Malik ul Mulk
    Feb 8, 2011 - 2:18PM

    This is a Islamic Nation
    Public Punishment for jahaliyahRecommend

  • JM
    Feb 9, 2011 - 7:14AM

    I really feel for this girl, but we shouldn’t beat around the bush here. This is a religious issue. Islam demands that women must submit to their husband’s/family’s/community’s wishes or face severe punishment. People are shaped by their beliefs, and subsequently act on those beliefs. The family has no remorse because they honesty feel that they did the right thing. Recommend

  • nadir rehman
    Feb 9, 2011 - 7:29AM


  • Ayaz
    Feb 9, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Mullah… Molvi party is the biggest trouble in Pakistan. There is nothing that can be done here. “Honour”… hah. All honour begins and ends at women. Well, ignorant Arabs were better than us in many ways. 1st, they were non-muslims, 2nd they used to bury their daughters alive as soon as they were born… here, We raise our kids for a particular span of life and then kill them. Recommend

  • Ayaz
    Feb 9, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Well Dude, U lack knowledge really. just like those who murdered their daughter do. If they had known about Islamic teachings and hv beena a true follower of Islam, no such sin had ever been committed. I suggest u study Islam first, comment later. Its a sincere suggestion.Recommend

  • @JM: Islam doesn’t allow forced marriages of women against their will. Islam encourages women to have a choice in selecting their husbands.Recommend

  • asad khan
    Feb 10, 2011 - 12:30AM

    purpose of religion is and should be sobering influence.Any other conduct is irreligious.it is a very sad news.Recommend

  • Karim Javed
    Feb 11, 2011 - 9:47AM

    Psycho FamilyRecommend

  • Snydo
    Mar 26, 2011 - 8:30AM

    Your post was read in some parts word for word by Doug Urbanski on his radio show today…unless you are a huge supporter of ultra right-wing conservatve radio I would suggest contacting him about payment.Recommend

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