ASIA/PAKISTAN - The Catholic minister: "Stop to honor killing in Pakistan"

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 human rights   women   violence  


Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "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": says to Agenzia Fides Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Catholic Minister for Human Rights in the government of Punjab province, the most important of Pakistan. The minister intervened condemning the murder of 18 year-old Zeenat, who was killed by her mother and brothers in the name of honor in Lahore. "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.
Faced with the umpteenth episode, the organizations for human rights and for the defense of women raised their voices and called for "exemplary punishment for the culprits", noting with regret that "the practice of honor killing has spread, from the tribal areas to the major cities of Pakistan", hoping that the legislation to prevent it will strengthen. Minister Sindhu informed that "police in Lahore arrested all the suspects in this case and we will take strict action against all those involved".
According to data from the NGO "Human Rights Commission of Pakistan", over 500 women were killed in 2015 on charges of having stained the family honor. Every year hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan for "honor killings". It is however at the discretion of the judge to condemn to prison the authors of the crime. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 21/06/2016)