A gruesome “honor killing” of bride and groom newlyweds in Pakistan – by the bride’s own family – has individuals expressing shock and outrage at the barbaric carrying out of so-called honor killing, a practice of murder in recompense for the shame and dishonor allegedly brought upon a family or community.
Reports CNN on June 29: “A young newlywed couple in northeastern Pakistan died a horrible death at the hands of the bride's family in the latest honor killing in the nation, police in Pakistan said Saturday. On Thursday, the bride's father and uncles lured the couple back to the village of Satrah in Punjab province, where [Punjab police official Mohammad] Ahsanullah said the pair were tied up and then decapitated.”
The victims were identified as 18-year-old bride Muawia Bibi, who married 26-year-old Sajjad Ahmed. The pair were married by a Pakistani court on June 18, reportedly against the wishes of the bride’s family.
Taking part in the killing were the girl’s grandparents, her uncle, and even the bride’s own mother and father. Investigators said the five family members tied up the couple and used a butcher knife to cut their throats open as they hung upside down. The newlyweds were then decapitated. The pair had initially fled but were lured back to their village under the ruse that the family had accepted their union.
Reports SkyNews: “The family said they had been embarrassed by the marriage of their daughter to a man from a less important tribe, police were quoted as saying.”
The United Nations estimates that about 5,000 women are killed every year by their own family in honor slayings. However, women’s advocacy groups maintain that actual deaths are much higher, since many killings go unreported.
In Pakistan, 869 women were victims of honor killings last year, according to the country's human rights commission.
Last month, the death of a pregnant Pakistani woman made headlines around the world.