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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women ‘killed for honor’

As bad as honor killings are in the Muslim world and they are indeed horrifically savage, at least the Arab media is finally bringing the issue out of the closet.
At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday. The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence....“At least 943 women were killed in the name of honor, of which 93 were minors,” wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report. Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said. The Commission reported 791 “honor killings” in 2010. Around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having “illicit relations” and 219 of marrying without permission. Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers and husbands.
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Al Arabiya News 

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