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Nearly 1,000 Pakistan women 'killed for honour'

By Sapa-AFP | Mar 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family's honour, the country's leading human rights group said.

The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.

Despite progress on better protecting women's rights, activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.

"At least 943 women were killed in the name of honour, of which 93 were minors," wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report.

Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said.

The Commission reported 791 "honour killings" in 2010.

Around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having "illicit relations" and 219 of marrying without permission.

Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers and husbands.

Only 20 of 943 killed were reported to have been provided medical aid before they died, the Commission wrote.

Despite the rising number of reported killings, activists have praised parliament for passing laws aimed at strengthening women's protection against abuses.

Rights groups say the government should do more to ensure that women subjected to violence, harassment and discrimination have effective access to justice.

Last year, a Belgian court sentenced four members of a Pakistani family to prison for the murder of their daughter, who defied them by living with a Belgian man and refused an arranged marriage.

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Hai somethings will leave you speechless!

Mar 22, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies

MorenaWaPolelo
tumzangwana
RobinH
Morena: "because of the why the picture looks".. ?????
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me thinks he meant to say .......the way the pic..............
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That is correct thanks Tumz I was rushing to a meeting :)
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i understand abuti, these things happen, you should have seen me ka monday. ke re ditypo fela. every comment e le matlakala fela.

Mar 23, 2012 1:10 | 0 replies

tumzangwana
RobinH
Morena: "because of the why the picture looks".. ?????
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me thinks he meant to say .......the way the pic..............
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That is correct thanks Tumz I was rushing to a meeting :)

Mar 23, 2012 12:58 | 0 replies

OH MY WORD!!!!!!!! what is the world coming to mara???

Mar 23, 2012 12:23 | 0 replies

RobinH
Morena: "because of the why the picture looks".. ?????
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me thinks he meant to say .......the way the pic..............

Mar 23, 2012 9:32 | 0 replies

@RobinH

WAZI KONKE NE NANI FUTHI?

Mar 23, 2012 9:30 | 0 replies

Morena: "because of the why the picture looks".. ?????

Mar 23, 2012 8:59 | 0 replies

Somethings just make you sick....

Mar 23, 2012 8:31 | 0 replies

@RobinH
MADAM. Pakistan is not exactly in the Middle East, but anyway....
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Perhaps is because she choose to ignore the Geographical location because of the why the picture looks

Mar 23, 2012 8:31 | 0 replies

MADAM. Pakistan is not exactly in the Middle East, but anyway....

Mar 23, 2012 7:47 | 0 replies

Whoa now. AT times I think we are not much better. Just read the manner in which all too many "bloggers" gleefully suggest ra pe as a desirable outcome to a variety of situations. Just look at one day's newspapers for a litany of abuses against teenage girls (and boys) which become sicker and sicker by the day, and which in many cases, are almost celebrated by commentators as something "deserved". Society in Pakistan is no sicker than ours. For a vast number of South African men women are and will always be seen as 3rd class citizens with rights only begrudgingly acknowledged but often ignored anyway. South Africans can really not take the moral high ground on much lately.

Mar 23, 2012 7:47 | 0 replies