Thursday, March 22, 2012

'Honour killings' on the rise in Pakistan - almost 1,000 women and girls murdered last year

More than 8,000 people slaughtered in Syria, almost 1,000 women and girls slaughtered in Pakistan. How does the UN Human Rights Commission respond to that? It creates "Goldstone 2" committee to investigate Israeli "settlements".
(ANN) Almost 1,000 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family's honour, according to the country's leading human rights group.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan annual report said around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having "illicit relations" and 219 of marrying without permission.

Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers or husbands.

Only 20 of 943 killed were reported to have been provided medical aid before they died, the Commission wrote.

The Commission reported 943 'honour killings' in 2011, 152 more than the previous year.

Despite the rising number of reported killings, activists have praised parliament for passing laws aimed at strengthening women's protection against abuses.