Law against “honor killings” on the cards: Maryam Nawaz

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Law against honor killings soon to be passed says Maryam Nawaz. The ruling party is likely to pass the held up law following murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch. Maryam Nawaz explains that the bill will be presented before the parliamentary committee soon. Following murder of Qandeel, there was mounting outcry against the rising scourge in the country.

Maryam Nawaz announces anti-honor killings bill

In the wake of recent augmentation in honor killings in the country, the government was under enormous pressure to take steps in order to curb the menace. The bill is said to be revoke right of the family of victim to pardon the killer.

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“We have finalized the draft law in the light of negotiations. The final draft will be presented to a committee of joint session of parliament on July 21 for consideration and approval,” Maryam said. She explained that after the bill gets green light from the parliamentary committee, it will presented for a vote in a before a joint session of parliament.

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, paid the ultimate price for being an outspoken modern woman in a conservative society. She was murdered by her brother in an honor killing. Her brother confessed to strangling her to death, as he claimed he was incensed by her often erotic posts on social media.

“This mentality that you can get away with murder in the name of honor – it has to be done away with. I am hopeful that this law will pass but the change in mindset will talk so much longer. I think Qandeel Baloch’s murder is the tipping point,” says Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary on honor killings “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” won an Oscar this year.