Two sisters die in Pakistan’s latest ‘honour’ killing
Two days after a Pakistani filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, won an Oscar for a documentary on ‘honour’ attacks on women, police in Pakistan were reportedly hunting a 29-year-old man who shot his two sisters dead in a suspected ‘honour’ killing.
According to this report, police named the suspect as Muhammad Asif, saying he went on the run after murdering his sisters Fozia Bibi, 22, and Suriya Bibi, 24, in the eastern province of Punjab.
Police officer Tariq Mehmood said:
Muhammad Asif killed his two sisters over their character and lifestyle, which he didn’t like. Fozia was shot in her chest and Suriya was shot in her waist.
Police said neighbors and relatives had told them the deaths were “honour” killings sparked by Asif’s suspicions that his sisters were having affairs.
Police said Asif was jailed after having murdered his mother four or five years ago, but set free after being pardoned by his family, but declined to provide details.
More than 500 men and women died in “honour” killings last year, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says. Many of these crimes, carried out by relatives who say their mostly female victims have brought shame on the family, are never prosecuted, observers say.
Pakistani law allows criminal cases against those charged with a killing to be dropped if the families of their victims forgive them, or accept a “blood money” offering instead.
The photo above shows Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Daniel Junge, who co-directed Saving Face, which will air on HBO on March 8.
Their Oscar win prompted activists to call for changes in Pakistan’s laws to punish those who attack women deemed to have disgraced their families.
But earlier this week, a Muslim cleric condemned a new law passed in Punjab to protect women from violence, saying it would weaken men’s authority over females.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake