Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hundreds of Pakistani Women Murdered in Honor Killings

Friday March 23, 2012

More than 900 women died last year in so-called honor killings in Pakistan, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's annual report.

The HRCP reported 93 minors among those who were murdered. Seven Christians were also reportedly among the victims.

"Throughout the year, women were callously killed in the name of 'honor' when they went against family wishes in any way, or even on the basis of suspicion that they did so," the HRCP stated.

"Women were sometimes killed in the name of 'honor' over property disputes and inheritance rights," the commission said.

Nearly 600 of the women killed were accused of having "illicit relations," and more than 200 were murdered for marrying without permission.

The Pakistani parliament has recently approved new measures aimed at protecting women.

But many activists say the government needs harsher punishments for abusers and those who carry out honor killings.

"While some progressive legislation concerning women was passed in the National Assembly, there is the need to follow up on its implementation and for there to be exemplary cases," the report stated.

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