Thursday, April 28, 2005

Pakistan: Over 1,200 women killed in name of honour in 2004

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.


At April 28, 2005 5:40 PM, Blogger erp said...

I just saw a great quote at

"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -- Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), a British general, responding to Indian locals who complained about his interference with their native ritual of "suttee."

Sir Charles talks about suttee, but what he says is applicable to Islam as well. They kill their women, we execute them for murder. Pretty soon, they'll get the idea.


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