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New Law Fails to Curb Honor Killings in Pakistan

A girl suspected of having an extramarital affair is labeled kari, or tainted woman, while the suspected man is called karo. Those found guilty of this "crime" are sentenced to death.

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New Law Fails to Curb Honor Killings in Pakistan

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Ahmad Naeem Khan, OneWorld South Asia

LAHORE, May 14 (OneWorld) - Honor killings continue in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh despite last month's landmark court ruling prohibiting them, thanks to lax implementation and unchanging feudal attitudes.

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According to Madadgar, a joint venture of the nongovernmental organization Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) and UNICEF (news - web sites), 1261 cases of karo-kari, or honor killings, were reported during 2003. of these, 930 were committed against women, 316 against men, 8 against girls and 7 against boys.

Providing a break-up of the perpetrators of the crime, Madadgaar says that in 362 cases, the husband was guilty, in 182 it was the brother, in 129 cases it was in-laws, and in 87 cases, the father of the unfortunate woman had her killed.


But the rash of killings has not abated after the ruling. In the latest incident, last week two young girls, Tahmeena and Abida, were killed on the orders of a council in Shikarpur town of Sindh, for leaving home without informing their family.


In another case last month, a man killed his 30 year-old sister Sabhai after taking her home from a women's shelter home. Prior to this, he appeared before a district and sessions court, where he pledged to look after her.

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