LAHORE: Yet another case of honour killing was reported in the city on Tuesday. A man named Shahzad shot dead her sister Bushra Bibi, 35, and her daughter, Noor, 16, at their house in Badami Bagh.
Police said Bushra had contracted fourth marriage with a man of her own choice, which angered her brother. Noor, who was from Bushra’s first husband, lived with her grandmother. On Tuesday, she had come to meet her mother when Shahzad, along with two unidentified accomplices, stormed into their house, shot them dead and fled.
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A police team arrived at the crime scene, collected evidence and also recorded statements of the witnesses. SP City Investigations Syed Karar Hussain also reached the spot to carry out investigation.
Police added that the suspect was unhappy over her sister’ fourth marriage and also didn’t want her niece, Noor, to visit her stepfather’ house to meet her mother because he feared she would involve her in prostitution.
According to the Aurat Foundation, over 3,000 women were killed in the name honour over the last two-and-a-half years.
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A Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report stated that at least 16,498 cases of honour killings have been reported in Pakistan between January 1, 2004 and January 31, 2017. The commission’s data analysis showed that such incidents occurred more frequently in urban areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2017.