Honor Killing in Pakistan Leaves Sisters Dead

Aug 4th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts

Two murders this week have caused a stir in Pakistan. On July 29, Kosar and Gulzar Bibi, sisters ages 22 and 28, were shot by their brother, 35 year-old Nasir Hussain, the night before their weddings. Reports said that Hussain objected to his sisters marrying men they had chosen themselves, and he wanted them to marry someone in their extended family. Mehar Riiaz, senior police officer, told reporters “the brother shot dead both sisters yesterday and fled the site. It is a simple case of killing for honor.”

The father of the siblings, Atta Mohammad, said that his son “ruined my family, he destroyed us, he destroyed everything.”

People protesting honor killings

People protesting honor killings

This “honor killing” followed the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was strangled to death by her brother later stated he was “not embarrassed” of the murder.

According to the Washington Post, 1,000 Pakistani women die in “honor killings” every year. Last month, Pakistan’s law minister announced that parliament would be voting on bills that addressed “honor killings” and increased rape convictions. Many times the offenders of these killers receive no legal consequences because other family members don’t press charges against them.

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