At least three women were killed in the name of honour in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over the last two days. These include a mother and a daughter who were gunned down and a pregnant woman who was shot dead reportedly by her husband.
The special branch of police said Kamil registered a case against Awal Sher, Badamsher, Rahatos and Muhammad Nabi who allegedly opened fire on 40-year-old Basmina and her 14-year-old daughter Shehla, killing them on the spot. Sher, the woman’s husband, and his accomplices managed to escape.
Locals said the father, Sher, believed Shehla had an extramarital affair with a man named Hasbihullah.
In a separate incident, a pregnant woman was gunned down allegedly by her husband in Dandai, Besham tehsil in Shangla on Friday.
Police officer Sardar Hussain said the accused, Naseeb, along with his brother, opened fire on his wife Minat Sajida.
The woman died on the spot, while a case was registered against Naseeb and his brother by the deceased’s brother, Sahibzada. The Dandai SHO Muhammad Afzal said a special team was formed to search for the culprits.
Earlier, social activists and politicians in Swat showed deep concern over the increasing cases of honour killings in the region and protested against such incidents.
According to an annual report prepared by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in 2016, around 1,100 women either committed suicide or were killed in the name of honour. An alarming number of them were from Swat.
Meanwhile, residents of Shangla say the number seems underestimated as many honour crimes are not even reported.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government approved an Anti-Rape Law (Criminal amendment Bill), 2016 which is expected to criminalise and curb crimes related to honour.
Pregnant woman shot dead by husband in suspected ‘honour killing’
A pregnant woman was killed in an alleged honour killing by her husband on Friday in the Dandai area of Besham Tehsil, Shangla.
The accused named Naseeb opened fire on his pregnant wife Minat Sajjida over suspicious of illegitimate relations with another man, police said. Naseeb fled the scene along with his brother Mujeeram Khan soon after the killing.
A report has been filed by the deceased’s brother against the culprits.
SHO Dandai Police Muhammad Afzal said that a team has been formed to investigate the matter and search operations are also underway to arrest the killers.
Some 500 women are killed each year in the country at the hands of family members over perceived damage to “honour” that can involve eloping, fraternising with men or any other infraction against conservative values that govern women’s modesty.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has planned to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the high-profile murder of an outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch, Maryam Nawaz said recently.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2016.