Another ‘Honor Killing’ in Pakistan

Another day, another horrific murder in Pakistan of a woman who did nothing that could even remotely be considered wrong except by a totalitarian and deeply misogynistic religious culture. A woman who had married a man without her family’s permission was stoned to death by her father and other members of the family, right outside a courthouse.

A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death and killed by her family outside a high court in the Pakistani city of Lahore, for marrying the man she fell in love with, according to police and a lawyer. Police said about 20 members of the family started attacking Farzana Parveen, and her husband Mohammad Iqbal, with sticks and bricks as they waited for the high court to open on Tuesday afternoon…

According to the police, everyone who was involved in the killing escaped except the girl’s father, who admitted killing his daughter and said he did it for honor. Pakistani families who have been involved in such killings say a woman marrying a man without their permission is seen as a breach of honor of the family. To many, that translates as the reason to seek revenge, by killing their own children.

Although the Pakistani government itself does not collect any data — and it is illegal to carry out such killings — several hundred women are said to be killed in honor killings every year in Pakistan. In the latest annual report released (PDF) by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 869 women were killed in the name of honor in 2013…

But what happened in Lahore on Tuesday seems different. It wasn’t in a remote village in Pakistan, neither was it in the middle of the night. Parveen was killed in broad daylight, in the presence of several bystanders, in front of the top court in the second largest city in Pakistan.

I can’t wrap my head around such barbarism. I simply can’t. I could not do that even to the people in the world I consider the most loathsome and dangerous, much less someone I cared about (allegedly). And in a million years, I can’t imagine being so misogynist that I could think that a woman is my property that I may do anything I want to, including kill her. It’s so foreign to me that it just leaves me feeling sick.

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  • busterggi

    This could never happen in the US. Our Christofascists would use guns instead, its the biblical thing to do with disposalable goods.

  • elpayaso

    it gets better…………

    Even those that do result in a conviction may end with the killers walking free. Pakistani law allows a victim’s family to forgive their killer.

    But in honor killings, most of the time the women’s killers are her family, said Wasim Wagha of the Aurat Foundation. The law allows them to nominate someone to do the murder, then forgive him.

  • elpayaso
  • greenspine

    This could never happen in the US. Our Christofascists would use guns instead, its the biblical thing to do with disposalable goods.

    It has only been 6 days since the most recent misogynistic-terrorist mass murder in the US. It wasn’t a Christian or fascist attack, but it definitely had elements of “honor”.

  • jonathangray

    I can’t wrap my head around such barbarism. … It’s so foreign to me …

    What we really need to do is encourage millions of people formed by this culture to settle in Western countries. Think of the cultural enrichment the resulting vibrant diversity will bring …

  • matty1

    @5 Excellent idea, what better way to weaken the hold of terrible cultural practices than exposing people to alternatives by having them live in culturally mixed communities. Sadly I suspect you are not being serious.

  • jonathangray

    How’s it working out?

    Laura Wilson was just 17-years-old when she was stabbed to death next to a canal in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in 2010.

    This wasn’t a mugging gone wrong, or a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, the mother-of-one was the victim of Britain’s first white honour killing. Her death was premeditated murder, plotted and committed by the boyfriend she was madly in love with.

    Laura’s crime was to bring dishonour on her Muslim lover Ashtiaq Ashgar, 21, who is now serving a life sentence for the brutal murder.

    The cousin of honour killing victim Banaz Mahmod who helped to dispose of her body is “still proud of what he did”, a judge said on Friday as he sentenced him to eight years in prison.

    Dana Amin, 29, helped Banaz’s father and two other men now convicted of murdering the 20-year-old bury her corpse in a Birmingham garden.

    A man who murdered his wife and injured his three daughters when he set fire to his house in an “honour” crime has been ordered to serve at least 22 years in jail.

    Mohammed Riaz Inayat, 56, deliberately set fire to his house in Sparkhill, Birmingham, in the early hours of April 17 to stop his daughter from flying to Dubai to marry her boyfriend as he believed it would bring dishonour to the family.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, they were just saving the Court some time.

  • Moggie

    The latest news is that the grieving husband has admitted that he strangled his first wife so that he could marry Farzana Parveen.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Moggie, to be fair, he was trading up.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    869 women were killed in the name of honor in 2013

    Repeated for effect. 869. In one, year. It really boggles the mind… I am at a loss for words

  • Nick Gotts

    The disgusting jonathangray, who supports theocracy, slavery and the burning of heretics, has the insolence to use this horrible crime as an excuse to parade his racism.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Nick Gotts, to be fair, jonathangray is a potted plant. Begonia, if memory serves.

  • Ichthyic

    The latest news is that the grieving husband has admitted that he strangled his first wife so that he could marry Farzana Parveen.

    well, obviously she put him up to it, it’s all her fault!

    /ranting loon

    *sigh*

  • jonathangray

    Nick Gotts:

    the insolence to use this horrible crime as an excuse to parade his racism.

    Any correlation between the incidence of honour killings in Western countries and Muslim migration into Western countries is a racist fact.