Pakistani couple arrested in Spain over daughter's 'honour killing'

Pakistani authorities issued an arrest warrant for the couple after killing committed in April 2020


News Desk October 21, 2022
Pakistani human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Islamabad against 'honour killings' on May 29, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Police in Spain said on Friday that they have arrested a Pakistani couple suspected of having killed their own daughter in Pakistan because she got married without their approval.

Pakistani authorities issued an international arrest warrant for the couple after the killing committed in April 2020, Spain's National Police said in a statement.

Investigators believe the couple "kidnapped and then murdered in Pakistan their own daughter because she married a person they did not like," the statement added.

The woman's husband reported what happened to Pakistani authorities, who issued a warrant for the couple, who had fled to Spain, a police spokeswoman said.

Spanish police arrested the man, 67, and woman, 51, on Saturday near their home in Logrono, the capital of the northern wine-producing region of La Rioja, acting on a tip from Pakistani authorities that they were now living there.

Read more: Getting away with murder in Pakistan

The couple then appeared before Spain's National court which ordered that they be held in prison until they are deported to Pakistan.

They reportedly ran a shop offering phone and internet services in the centre of Logrono. About 100,000 Pakistanis live in Spain, according to national statistics institute INE.

Swathes of Pakistani society still operate according to strict codes of "honour" that radically undermine women's rights.

Entitlements to education, reproductive rights and the choice of who to wed are all curtailed by the practice.

Also read: Pakistani-Spanish sisters killed for ‘honour’ in Gujrat

There were more than 450 honour killings last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Men are sometimes targeted but the majority of victims are women and it is suspected that many cases go unreported.

In the past, women have been shot, stabbed, stoned, set alight and strangled for the charge of tainting their family's "honour".

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