Thursday, March 03, 2005

Pakistan Rejects Attempt to Curb "Honor Killings"

Pakistan has rejected an attempt by opposition figures to curb the practice of "honor killings" against women who have "dishonored" their family. The BBC reports:

The Pakistan government has allied with Islamists to reject a bill which sought to strengthen the law against the practice of "honour killing". The parliament rejected the bill by a majority vote on Tuesday, declaring it to be un-Islamic. Honour killing is the name given to murders where the offender claims the victim, usually a woman, had brought his family into disrepute. Under the so-called Islamic legislation enacted by General Zia ul Haq, Pakistan's Islamist military ruler in the 1980s, proven killers could seek or buy pardon from the victim's family under the Islamic principles of compromise. Observers say that it has been grossly misused and has contributed directly to an alarming increase in the practice of "karo-kari" or the so-called honour killings. Karo-kari is a tradition whereby a man can kill a woman, claiming that she brought dishonour to the family, and still expect to be pardoned by her relatives.


At March 05, 2005 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pakistan is really a basket case in every way conceivable - politically, economically and morally. It is the most corrupt country in the world, while all the while claiming to be strictly islamic.

The very idea that stregthening legislation against "honour killings" is considered un-islamic by its parliament (of all bodies), indicates the depth of depravity that Pakistan as a whole, has sunk to.

Frankly Fjordman, Pakistan is waste of everyones time.

DP111 (still cant remember my password).


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