In another incident of honour killing, an 18-year-old girl on Monday was beheaded along with her 21-year-old boyfriend by her father and uncle in a village in Attock.
According to the police, “The incident took place when the man arrived at the girl’s house to meet her. Soon after, the girl’s father Masood and her uncle Waheed walked in and after tying the victims with ropes, beheaded them with a sharp object.”
The suspects have been arrested and the murder weapon has been recovered from the crime scene.
Moreover, the bodies of both victims have been sent to District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy after which they will be returned to their families.
Despite laws against honour killing in Pakistan, an overwhelming majority of whom are women, are still being murdered by relatives for bringing ‘shame’ on their family.
In October 2016, a joint sitting of both houses of parliament passed two key pro-women bills that had been pending assent for a long time.
At least 280 such murders were recorded by the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan from October 2016 to June 2017 ─ a figure believed to be understated and incomplete.