‘Honour killing’: Case initiated against brother for murder

Published: November 17, 2013
The LHC Complaints Cell instructed the Gujrat district and sessions judge to investigate the matter. PHOTO: FILE

The LHC Complaints Cell instructed the Gujrat district and sessions judge to investigate the matter. PHOTO: FILE


The Lahore High Court has disposed of an application regarding a woman’s alleged rape and murder by family members, after legal proceedings were initiated against the victim’s brother.

Sobia Aman had submitted an application to the LHC Complaints Cell stating that her friend *Sadia had left her house in Nawankot village after being sexually assaulted by her father.

The applicant said that Sadia’s relatives had persuaded her to return home at the end of May, assuring that they would not allow her to be sexually assaulted again. But a few days later, Sadia was poisoned and killed, the applicant said.

The LHC Complaints Cell instructed the Gujrat district and sessions judge to investigate the matter. He reported that Sadia had been killed by her brother due to alleged “immoral and suspicious activities”.

A case had been registered against the brother at Saddar police station in Gujrat, after Sadia’s body had been exhumed and autopsied, the judge reported.

The post mortem report and the police investigation report have been submitted to the trial court. The judge added that the allegation that Sadia had been raped by her father had not been proven.

*Name changed to protect identity of victim and her family

Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 17, 2013 - 7:47AM

    Let’s have a reflexive reaction here: This is not Islam. This is not Islam. This is not Islam.


  • Jake-a-runi
    Nov 17, 2013 - 1:26PM

    Just the kind of nice family I’d like to see move next door. I’ll have to see if the Muslim Welcome Wagon has plenty of cyanide to go along with the nitro and blasting caps they need to get started. Yupe, a rucksack, a solid pair of hiking boots, ten kilograms of soluble toxins and a map of our reservoirs would make a very appropriate housewarming gift. We want them to feel right at home.


  • Aashish
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:10PM

    its totally insane…!!! the people who do this kind of stuff are not human….!!!


  • Salah
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:12PM

    “Woman allegedly killed by brother after being raped and murdered by family members.” Does this sentence make any sense? How could one kill a person already murdered by family members after rapping her?


  • Amna
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:13PM

    Here is the question how the Honor Killing Law is puts to practice and its utility by the StateRecommend

  • Iram
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:18PM

    And it must be a zionist/IUS/Indian conspiracy to defame pious Muslims.


  • Someone
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:26PM

    @Mard-e-Haq: Actually a more useful question would be, why do you trolls bring Islam into everything?


  • But this is pakistan ‘ this is pakistan and this is pakistan


  • Humanity
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:45PM

    So a girl has been brutally raped and killed and all you say is that this is not Islam? are you clinically insane? Did the article say it was because of Islam or are you delusional? If you are stupid then its better to stay silent.

    I am feeling very sorry for this girl, and her case should be taken forward honestly and responsibly and the rapist(s) and the murderer(s) should be apprehended and punished. This is above any religion, this is a crime against humanity. I am really shocked to hear that people can commit such atrocities; that such barbaric crimes exist in our society. After reading this story, only one thing is sure, we have wild beasts living among our society.


  • Sanda Puscau
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Aberrant! I wonder if anything can ever be proven in Pakistan’ courts other than that the incestuous father is actually “innocent”, or that there are no rapists, as there are conveniently no witnesses or DNA tests ever done after such despicable acts of stratified betrayal, in this case, by the own family members of this murdered woman. This “honour killing” (Honour?! Really?!) story is truly a double tragedy for this unfortunate victim…Wake up, people!!!


  • Aftab
    Nov 17, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Forget about Islam, this is not humanity either.


  • Someone
    Nov 17, 2013 - 5:23PM

    @Salman: Faulty logic. Being an ‘Islamic state’ or a ‘religious state’ does not mean crime cannot happen. What is worth watching is how that crime is dealt with. And as the article says, the police are doing their job. Unless you want people to take the law into their own hands, that’s how crimes are dealt with in any civilised country.


  • Feral Chello
    Nov 17, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Such a beautiful social fabric you are weaving Pakistan! The envy of the world!


  • amina d.
    Nov 17, 2013 - 6:39PM

    It’s not Honor Killing, its murder.Recommend

  • SHB
    Nov 17, 2013 - 11:16PM

    How much money police will earn to bury this case? Can any body give his estimate.
    I am thinking down the line about this case.
    After all police is the most honest dept.
    Finally that brother will be released because there was insufficient evidence against him?
    Usually that is the way most of these cases end.
    So all these commentators whose BP is going up at this time , should calm down and take it easy. They should let our honest police officers do the investigation and evaluate how much money they can make out of it.


  • Kanza Bakhsh
    Nov 18, 2013 - 1:56AM

    Honor killing seriously? I dont understand why is Islam even coming in-between an act which is completely inhumane! Pathetic. I really do hope Govt. takes some really brutal and serious against them. Murderers they are!


  • 007
    Nov 18, 2013 - 9:51AM

    The girl gets raped is inhuman. The girl gets murders; that’s insane. The culprits won’t be caught & punished; that would be of legal system. And people who presumably are educated and making illogical comments dragging religion into this issue; that’s how hopeless our education system is. It’s sad education and exposure to civilized world does no harm to some people.


  • maestro
    Nov 18, 2013 - 11:24AM

    “Honour” killing would be to stone the father and brother to death. THATS Islam if you want to keep bringing religion into everything. What about the Austrian father who enslaved his 18 year old daughter in his basement for 20 years, raped her regularly, had 7 children from her, threw one newborn of his incestous relationship into a burner! Now does that mean thats how all Christians and Austrians are?? Women are treated with more respect in this “jahil” Pakistan than in the western “educated” world. I can say this with honesty because I have lived on 4 continents and returned to Pakistan. Rare cases like these happen everywhere in the world and they should be highlighted in the media for the sake of justice.


  • Libra
    Nov 18, 2013 - 2:04PM

    @Feral Chello:
    Pakistan still a better place comparing West.


  • Salafrasish
    Nov 20, 2013 - 11:10AM

    By what criteria do you say that, because the average wage in the US is ten times what it is in Pakistan, and we have a lot less terrorism.


  • Bill
    Nov 21, 2013 - 8:09PM



    Stay there.


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