The murder of a relative, usually a girl or woman, because she has done something that is thought to bring shame on the family
She was the victim of a so-called ‘honour killing’.
The minister vowed to push through new laws against honour killing.
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Pakistan honour killing: warning – shocking content
22 feb. 2013
1 Pakistan honor killing Women murdered after video circulates online
19 mei 2020
Two women in Pakistan have been murdered in a so-called “honor killing” after a video showing them kissing a man circulated online.
The cousins, aged 22 and 24, were shot and buried on May 14 in a remote village in Pakistan’s North Waziristan province, according to police officer Muhammad Nawaz Khan.
Khan said the father of one of the victims and the other victim’s brother were arrested Sunday and confessed to killing the women.
The leaked mobile phone video, in which the women appeared is a year old, but surfaced on social media this month, sparking the family’s ire and decision to kill the women, said Khan. The footage shows a young man kissing the two women on the lips, while a third woman laughs alongside them.
The third woman’s life is not believed to be in danger, Khan said.
On Monday afternoon local time, police said they had arrested the 28-year-old man in the video on the grounds of vulgarity.The tribal areas in North and South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan, are deeply conservative and known for their strict “honor code.” Women are often not allowed out of the house unaccompanied, and a family’s social standing is measured by her obedience to family demands, according to Amnesty International.
In a statement, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that many people who had condemned the Waziristan murders on social media had been “threatened or ridiculed,” and called on the authorities to “make it clear to all that it will not tolerate any support for this heinous practice.”
“The local administration must take all possible steps to ensure the security of the third girl and the man in the video, and to bring the perpetrator to justice,” it said.
Honor killings in Pakistan
There are an estimated 1,000 honor killings each year in Pakistan, according to a 2019 report by Human Rights Watch. But there are no official statistics around them, as they often go unreported or are logged as a suicide or natural death by family members, the report adds.
In October 2016, Pakistan passed a bill that fixed a loophole that allowed killers to escape prosecution if pardoned by the victim’s family. Previously, family members who were complicit in the crime could also forgive those who had committed it.
That new legislation came three months after Qandeel Baloch, a social media star and feminist, was killed by her brother in Punjab province for dishonoring the family.
While honor killings in Pakistan now carry a life sentence, they remain common in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas — and the majority are against women perceived to have brought shame on their families.The passage of the 2016 bill has not made honor crimes go away in Pakistan, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said in a statement on Monday that condemned the latest murders.
“Antiquated — and lethal — notions that ‘honor’ resides in women’s bodies and actions still prevail across Pakistan, and it will take far more than laws to effect a change when perpetrators of ‘honor’ crimes continue to act with impunity,” the HRCP said.
“The patriarchy that upholds casual sexism is the same patriarchy that is used to justify, endorse and perpetrate ‘honor’ killings. Neither is acceptable,” the statement added.
2 Unveiled: Honour Killings (Honour Killing Documentary) | Real Stories
16 sep. 2018
3 Honor Among Men: The Killing of Women in Pakistan – Documentary on Honor Killing
23 jul. 2020
4 Their father believed in arranged marriage – and he was willing to end their lives for it
12 dec. 2018
5 Why are UK authorities ignoring honour killings?
9 dec. 2013
Forced Marriages: Arranged marriages causing a wave of unreported violence
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There are 8 to 10 thousand forced marriages in the UK every year. As authorities are accused of taking ‘honour’ crimes too lightly, girls who resist or refuse a marriage can face abuse, torture, even death.
“We have kidnappings, abductions, sexual offences. Anything that you can imagine could happen does happen in the name of honour”, Nazir Afzal, the Chief Prosecutor for Northwest England, tells us. Shafilia Ahmed simply wanted to be a lawyer and to make her own relationship choices. But her parents judged the 17-year-old’s aspirations to be shameful to the family, so they killed her and made their other children watch the consequences of perceived dishonour. In the multi-cultural corners of the United Kingdom law enforcement authorities are struggling to address the problem. Police, in particular, have been accused of not taking honour crime seriously, ignoring clear warning signs and pleas for help. Detective Constable Palbinder Singh says part of the problem is being too culturally sensitive. “It’s a ruse. We won’t interfere with that family, it’s their culture. Well hang on a minute, crimes are being committed, people’s lives are being destroyed, people’s freedoms are being suppressed.”
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6 Oscar-winning documentary on honour killings provokes debate in Pakistan
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8 Why Would Make A Dad Kill His Two Daughters? (Honor Killing Documentary) | Real Stories
18 mrt. 2018
The Price of Honor is an award-winning documentary about the murders of Amina and Sarah Said, teenage sisters from Lewisville, Texas, who were killed in a premeditated “honor killing” in 2008. The film chronicles the lives of the sisters and the path to their eventual murders by their own father, Yaser Said, who fled the crime scene and remains at large.
The film reveals new details and uncovers evidence about the case that has never before been made public, including a previous murder committed by Yaser, his abuse of his daughters from a young age, and the ultimate sacrifice of Amina Said, who had a secret plan to protect the love of her life. Her voice, through home video, emails, letters and diary entries, becomes a powerful thread throughout the film depicting the girls’ struggle and makes us reconsider much of what was assumed about this case. Despite the tragedy, viewers learn of an incredible love story that still has life after death.
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9 Honor Killing | The Tragic Story of Samia Shahid
1 mrt. 2018
11 Honor Killings In Pakistan: The Kohistan Case
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26 nov. 2018
In May 2012, a grainy cellphone video emerged in a remote and deeply conservative village in northern Pakistan. The video showed four young women singing and clapping in a room as two young men danced to the music. The village elders saw the celebration as a blatant defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at gatherings, and a decree was issued for those in the video and their families to be killed as their actions were deemed ‘dishonorable.’
The women and one of their sisters, aged just 12, were allegedly imprisoned for a month and tortured before being killed. The men went into hiding but three of their brothers were shot dead.
Every year, nearly a thousand people are known to be killed in the name of honor in Pakistan. Many more go unreported, considered a part of everyday life — but the killings in Kohistan became national news after the surviving brother of the victims made it his mission to seek justice. VICE News host Hani Taha travels to Pakistan to meet Afzal Kohistani to investigate one of the country’s most perplexing honor killing cases, three years on.
Produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, VICE News finds out some of the grimmest truths about the pervasive culture of so-called honor killings in the region.
This video was originally published on VICE in 2016.
12 Hatun Sürücü “honor” Killing in Germany
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13 dec. 2012
Hatun “Aynur” Sürücü (January 17, 1982 in Berlin — February 7, 2005 in Berlin) was a Turkish woman who was tragically stalked and murdered at the age of 23 by her own brother, in an “honor” killing.
The details of this case follow an important preface.
This video is NOT posted to be anti-Islam propaganda, or a gathering place for people to vent hatred, and I will delete any bigoted or crude comments.
Sadly, there are plenty of other religious extremists in the world: Christian, Hindu, Jewish, etc., who also seek to control women, reject secular governance and destroy tolerance and progress.
All over the world, women are targets of discrimination and violence, in one form or another.
In the USA alone, three women are killed per day (THREE, EVERY DAY) including the day you watch this video, at the hands of male boyfriends or husbands in fatal domestic violence attacks.
Yet, wherever gender equality is taken seriously, it’s obviously better for women than in nations (or cultures) that treat women as inferior objects to be controlled.
This particular case deserves attention for several reasons: the barbaric practice of “honor killing”, which like all other absurd traditions must be eradicated, Turkey’s lack of cooperation with the EU in terms of extradition – especially for murder, and also the small percentage of Turks (and others) in Germany who refuse to assimilate into European life and fully reject German culture.
For these Turks who do isolate themselves, the documentary explains that they ironically progress slower than their relatives and neighbors back home in Turkey.
Turkey is a complicated place, a huge country full of history and culture, where they once had separation of religion and state, and even banned certain religious clothing. That has essentially come to an end with the current leader/dictator, Erdogan, who has called women who work “half persons” – a sad development for the state of women’s rights in Turkey.
In this amazing, short documentary, we meet modern Turkish women yearning for freedom, who have fully integrated into German life, and one can only applaud their bold and incredibly difficult transition.
They are heroes.
DETAILS OF THE CRIMINAL CASE
Hatun was a modernized Turkish immigrant who embraced German culture. Her alleged “offense” – according to her family – was that she had divorced the cousin she was forced to marry at the age of 16, was dating a German man and living life as a free, independent German woman.
Hatun’s brothers were/are radical Islamists, and they apparently believed they had the right to control her. They harassed, threatened and assaulted her – and eventually the youngest brother shot and killed her at a bus stop.
For this brutal, premeditated act of murder, he was sentenced to just nine years in prison, while the other brothers – also known to have planned the murder – escaped to Turkey, where there is a no-extradition policy.
This award-winning documentary asks how such a barbaric crime could have happened in an advanced, civilized nation where gender equality is taken for granted – and how the perpetrators were allowed to escape.
The film also suggests that serious problems can result when large numbers of ultra-orthodox or extremists remain voluntarily isolated in nation they have chosen to move.
Though controversial with no easy solution, many European nations contemplate how they can demand that immigrants adhere to European values as one requisite to both work visas or immigration.
There are in fact many Turks and Muslims around the world who would – and do – gladly accept freedom, equality and secular European values in exchange for a peaceful and comfortable life that a place like Germany can offer, including a value system that was won only after many centuries of struggle.
Meanwhile, Turkey should be pressured to extradite any murderer who so shamelessly escapes justice.
And serious questions still arise about the possibility of Turkey ever being accepted into the European Union, while their laws and cultural practices still so radically depart from Europe’s.
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15 The Trouble with Honour Killings
27 feb. 2014
17 Shahina’s story – an account of Honour Based Abuse
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14 jul. 2016
Today is the national Day of Memory for Honour Based Killings and TVP is marking the event by sharing Shahina Swain’s story, a victim of Honour Based Abuse (HBA).
During a holiday to Bangladesh when she was 17-years-old, Shahina was handed an invite to her own wedding by her mother and locked in a room to prevent her leaving. She had not met the man she was being forced to marry. Thankfully a friend helped Shahina to escape however she continued to be subjected to abuse when she returned to the UK.
HBA is a crime. It is an act that is committed to control behaviour within families or the community to protect cultural and religious beliefs. Victims are subjected to abuse in the name of honour including; forced marriage, physical and emotional abuse.
By sharing Shahina’s story we hope that we can raise awareness of this crime and encourage more victims to come forward and report incidents to the police.
If you or someone you know is at risk of HBA please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
You will be listened to and your information will be treated confidentially. Your safety is our top priority.
Today’s national memorial day remembers victims of honour based killings and was started by campaigner Karma Nirvana and Cosmopolitan in memory of Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003. Today marks what would have been Shafilea’s 30th birthday.
For more information about HBA and Forced Marriage including the support available please visit the Thames Valley Police website. #WeRemember
18 Surviving an honour killing – BBC News
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16 jul. 2014
The murder of a young pregnant woman in Pakistan by her family earlier this year, pushed the issue of “honour killings” into the spotlight.
She was beaten to death for marrying without their consent – just one of 900 such killings last year.
Human rights groups say convictions are rare and stories of survival are almost non-existent.
But the BBC’s Amber Shamsi found one young woman who lived to tell her story.
19 Honour killings: ‘If my parents found me, they could kill me’ – BBC News
11 jul. 2015
20 Qandeel Baloch: Why was she killed? BBC Newsnight
21 Murdered for her selfies: Qandeel Baloch – Pakistan’s ‘Kim Kardashian’ – BBC Stories
22 UK parents found guilty of honour killings
3 aug. 2012
The parents of a British girl have been found guilty of honour killing – nine years after her death. Teenager Shafi-lea Ahmed was apparently suffocated because of her desire to live what they perceived as a westernised life style
Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward has more.
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