Four women of a family were killed over ‘honour’ on Saturday.
According to police officials, Kot Choghta area resident Qamar Abbas Shah killed his 26-year-old wife Ismat Batool and his brother-in-law Nazim Hussain Shah shot and killed his wife Abbas’s sister Sumayya and his 55-year-old mother in law Fateha Bibi for allegedly concealing the news.
Their relative Jhawarian resident Hassan Shah killed his wife Perveen Bibi on the same day. The women were killed after some neighbours had charged them all with adultery and having conspired to leave their husbands. “It was a rumour that their enemies had spread about them but the men of the house believed it and shot all of them,” said a servant at the house.
All the accused fled from the scene.
Locals in the area protested after they heard about the shooting and police officials arrived at the house to find the four women’s bodies laid out on the floor in the middle of the room.
“The men have escaped but we are searching for them,” said a police inspector. “All the women belong to the same family and we found they were all shot at point blank range,” he added.
The bodies of the four women have been sent to the DHQ Hospital for an autopsy and police officials have registered a case and are searching for the three accused.
Abbas, Shah and Hassan’s families have been taken in for questioning regarding their whereabouts.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2011.