As many as 1,250 women were killed in the name of honour in the year of 2004, according to Minister's Adviser on Women Development Nilofar Bakhtiar. "This shows the sorry state of affairs womenfolk of the country are undergoing at present. To make matters worse, murderers are roaming free here and there, which reflects the gravity of the problem," the adviser said. However, she hoped that with the passage of the honour killing bill by the parliament, the condition of women would improve considerably. Under the bill, honour killing has been declared a crime against the state with a maximum punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment. Similarly, Swara and Wani customs, under which disputes were settled by handing over women, have also been declared a punishable act with the maximum of 10 years imprisonment. About Hudood Ordinances, the adviser said the government was set to discuss these laws in detail. Besides this, women are suffering from absolute poverty, mismatch and early marriages, acid throwing, stove burning and increasing maternal mortality rates. These are the issues which do not need legislation but awareness within women about their rights, the adviser added.