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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Sun: 
HONOUR KILLING

Teens, 15 and 16, who tried to elope ELECTROCUTED by their family after tribal judge ruled they were a ‘symbol of ‘dishonour’


Police in the city of Karachi have arrested both the fathers and two of the uncles responsible for carrying out the savage double murder
TWO Pakistani teenage lovers who tried to elope were murdered with electric shocks by their own family in a brutal tribal “honour killing”, police said.
The young couple, aged 15 and 17, in the port city of Karachi were said by the Pashtun council of elders, or jirga, to have brought dishonour on the community.
“The innocent souls were tied to a charpai (rope bed) and given electric shocks,” said police officer Aman Marwat.Marwat arrested the two fathers and two uncles and is pursuing some 30 members of the jirga who have gone into hiding.
The 15-year-old girl had allegedly run away with her 17-year-old boyfriend last month, Marwat said.
“The girl was killed and buried first followed by the murder of the boy the next day,” he added.
More than 500 people - almost all women - die in Pakistan each year in such killings, usually carried out by members of the victim’s family meting out punishment for bringing “shame” on the community.
And although they operate outside the law, their decisions are often honoured and ignored by authorities.
In this case, the two families had come to an agreement for the pair to get married, together with a financial settlement to be paid to the girl’s family, according the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, a non-governmental organisation that works in the area.
“The girl’s side had agreed but not the jirga and they warned that if the two families did not carry out the barbaric deed, their family in their village back home would have to bear the consequences,” said Zia Ur Rehman, a Pakistani journalist who first reported on the case.
The case highlights the influence of tribal councils and social pressures in Pakistan, which are often more powerful than the law.
“Laws seem useless,” said Maliha Zia Lari, associate director with Karachi-based Legal Aid Society.
“The boy’s father did not think he could seek protection from the state and the jirga members did not fear any reprisals from it either.”

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