Two teenage girls in Pakistan were killed by their parents in separate accidents, sparking outrage in a country where gender-based violence is on the rise.
The local official, Muhammad Munir, said that the police in northwestern Pakistan’s Charsadda district carried out raids today, Tuesday, to arrest a father who killed his 18-year-old daughter, after watching her dance in a video clip.
Munir said, quoting the girl’s mother, that the father was angry after watching the video clip that was posted on social media without the girl’s consent.
Police official Shabeer Ahmed said that a 19-year-old girl died hours after the first accident, with a bullet fired by her father at the gate of a courtroom in the southern city of Karachi, for marrying the man she chose.
Recent events have highlighted the brutal practices of some in Pakistan’s conservative Islamic society, known as “honor killings”.-
About 1,000 people in Pakistan die at the hands of their families every year, claiming to preserve family honor, according to the country’s Human Rights Commission.--
Amnesty International said that in most cases the killer escapes punishment because of an Islamic provision in Pakistani laws that allows the victim’s relatives to pardon the perpetrator.
Pakistan approved a law in 2016 to abolish this controversial provision, but that proved not enough to stop these practices, according to the human rights committee.
Politician Shatha Fatimah Khawaja tweeted, “Gender-based violence is an epidemic in Pakistan,” amid an outpouring of angry reactions.
“These are preventable killings if the state and society pay attention to the mentality behind them,” human rights lawyer Sarah Malkani said.