Woman ‘threatened for pursuing daughter’s honour killing case’

Published: December 6, 2012
Soorat bibi says that Bhooral Abbasi has been threatening her after police arrested Shakoor Abbasi. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

Soorat bibi says that Bhooral Abbasi has been threatening her after police arrested Shakoor Abbasi. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD


A woman has claimed her in-laws have threatened to kill her if she continues to pursue an honour killing case against them.

Soorat Bibi, a resident of Chak 239-P, said her 12-year-old daughter, Saima Abbasi, had been declared karokari two months ago after she declined a marriage proposal. She said Saima was later murdered by her uncle, Shakoor Abbasi, and grandfather, Bhooral Abbasi.

She said they had asked her and her children to leave their house and forcefully seized of her cattle.

She said Bhooral Abbasi had been threatening her after police arrested Shakoor Abbasi.

“Saima was drinking water when her three uncles, Ghafoor, Noor and Shakoor Abbasi, and her grandfather Bhooral grabbed her hair and started beating her. They then shot her.

Soorat Bibi

She died in front of my eyes.” She said her husband, Yaqoob Abbasi, was supporting his brothers.

Nanthar police station Station House Officer Aslam Khan said the case had been registered two months ago against the girl’s three uncles and grandfather.

He said Shakoor Abbasi had been arrested. “The other accused are nowhere to be found,” he said. He said Soorat Bibi had not reported that she was being threatened.

Rahim Yar Khan DPO Sohail Zafar Chatta said they had not received such a complaint. The incident was in his notice, he said, adding he would provide Soorat Bibi protection if she asks for it.

Asked why she hasn’t registered a complaint with the police, Soorat Bibi said she was in hiding due to the threats. “I am looking for a safe passage to go to police,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Toba Alu
    Dec 6, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Welcome to the 21th century minus a couple.


  • BILL
    Dec 6, 2012 - 8:30PM


  • Jihad Ali
    Dec 6, 2012 - 8:39PM
  • Lauren
    Dec 6, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Clearly, in the muslim world, a child cannot count on his/her own family to protect them. Even animals don’t treat their young this way.Recommend

  • Hafeez
    Dec 7, 2012 - 2:13AM

    Its nothing to do with Muslims or Islam, though I agree that women are not treated well in most of the muslim majority countries. It is the culture, lack of education, poverty which result in such barbaric acts. You can see similar barbarism in India, and many non-muslim countries in Africa.


  • JoelB
    Dec 7, 2012 - 5:16AM

    Nice culture where your own uncle and grandfather murder you for “honor”


  • Lauren
    Dec 7, 2012 - 10:36PM


    Maybe it has nothing to do with islam, maybe it does, but often times when honor killings happen, the people involved (victim, perpetrator/perpetrators) are muslim


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