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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Death and Dishonor

Nothing says motherly love like choking your daughter:
Parveen Rafiq closed her hands around the neck of her youngest daughter, Zeenat, and squeezed and squeezed until the girl was almost dead.
Then, in the tiny apartment where the family lived, she doused the 18-year-old with kerosene and set her on fire.
Of course, this woman had a good reason for murdering her daughter:
Zeenat’s crime was marrying a childhood friend she loved, defying her widowed mother’s pressure for an arranged marriage and, in the mind of her mother and many of her neighbours, tarnishing her family’s honour.
Here's one more:
In the city of Abbottabad, a teenage girl was tortured, injected with poison and then strapped to the seat of a vehicle, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Her crime was helping a friend elope. A jirga, or council of local elders, ordered her killing and dictated the manner of her death. The vehicle was parked in a public place, outside a bus stop as a message to others.
Remember, this has nothing to do with Islam:
A law based on Islamic Shariah allows the family of a victim to forgive a killer, and in these cases the killers are almost always family. So other relatives, whether they condone the killing or not, give their forgiveness, unwilling to see loved ones jailed.
That's right. Muslims can slaughter their daughters in Pakistan and the Islamic government will simply look the other way.

Sharif [P.M. of Pakistan] has promised to introduce legislation making it harder for family members who kill their daughters to go unpunished. He has yet to do so.
(Originally posted at Isaac Schrödinger.)


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