In the face of raging tempest of “honor killings” Punjab’ Minister for Minorities Affairs and Human Rights Khaleel Tahir Sindhu has voiced his deep concerns for increasing so called shame killings. As the society reels from the latest incidents of honor killings in the country, Khaleel Tahir Sindhu has sternly warned that the law strictly prohibits such heinous act.
“Honor killing is the worst form of example of brutality and bestiality in Pakistani society. The killing of a child by the mother or father is the desecration of the sacred bond of motherhood and parenting,” he said in his message to Agenzia Fides.
He expressed alarm followed by a recent incident of honor killing by a mother herself who executed her 18-year-old daughter Zeenat. “Our society and the rule of law do not allow anyone to take the law into one’s hands: these incidents give a negative image of Pakistan in the international community”, he said. He said, “police in Lahore arrested all the suspects in this case and we will take strict action against all those involved.”
In an unusual incident in the name of honor killing a Christian namely Saqib Izhaq Masih killed his own sister Anam Izhaq Masih. In the small hours of Sunday June 12, Saqib smashed Anam’ head with a wooden log as she was asleep. The teenage girl could not survive the blows and succumbed to her injuries on the spot. “The girl, named Anum Ishaq Masih, was in her late teens and wanted to marry a Christian neighbor but the family was against the marriage,” a police official explained.
Notwithstanding, there has been a loud outcry recently from the Human Rights organizations who are calling for “exemplary punishment for the culprits,” as they insisted that “the practice of honor killing has spread, from the tribal areas to the major cities of Pakistan.” Nonetheless, there are calls for legislation to preclude such killings or else the scourge may find firm footing in the urban society.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that more than 500 women were killed in the name of honor in 2015. It was disclosed that each year hundreds of Pakistani women are killed for tainting “honor” of the family or tribe.