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Pregnant woman killed over ‘honour’ in Pakistan

worldpaper Updated: Jun 20, 2016 06:53 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustantimes
         

ISLAMABAD: The kin of a pregnant woman in Pakistan slit her throat to punish her for marrying against their wishes, police said on Sunday, one of the several horrific cases of “honour killing” that have surfaced over the past week in the country.

Muqaddas Bibi, who was seven months pregnant with her second child, was murdered in Gujranwala earlier this week.

Bibi had eloped with her neighbour Shafiq two years ago, and married him in court, in defiance of her family’ s wishes. Last week, her family convinced her to return home while she was visiting a health centre near their house. She was told all had been forgiven but when she reached home, her father Bashir, mother Amna, and brothers Adeel and Naseer slashed her throat with a sharp-edged weapon.

When police reached the house, they found Bibi’s body but her family had fled. The body was shifted to a morgue for autopsy while forensic evidence was collected from the scene.

Another pregnant woman and her husband were abducted and shot dead by relatives near Thikriwala village in Punjab province last Wednesday, police officials said. Aqsa Bibi, 22, and Shakeel Ahmed, 26, had married in a court ceremony four years back. Their bodies were discovered after they washed up in a canal. Police said one of Aqsa’s brothers assembled his relatives, who abducted the two, shot them in the head and dumped their bodies in the canal.

On Saturday, the parents of a Christian woman, Nasreen Shahzadi, 25, allegedly stabbed her to death for converting to Islam after marrying a Muslim man, Irfan Rehmani, in Punjab province’s Layyah district. Shahzadi had eloped with Rehmani three months ago and married him in court, a police official said, adding that Shahzadi’s parents invited the couple to their house, where they stabbed her to death.

In another incident, a 23-year-old woman was paraded in her village’s streets after her face was blackened and her head was shaved, allegedly by her parents, for eloping with a man.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jun 20, 2016 06:53 IST

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