Pregnant Woman Killed For ‘Honour’ In Pakistan

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Lahore: In a latest spate of ‘honour killings’ in Pakistan, seven-month-pregnant women was killed by her family for marrying against their will in Gujranwala city.

According to Dawn, The relatives slit the throat of Muqaddas Bibi, who was pregnant with her second child, officials said. Bibi, a resident of Butranwali near Gujranwala, married Taufiq Ahmed three years ago in defiance of her family, who considered the marriage shameful, police investigator Mohammad Arshad said.

After the marriage, Bibi’s ties with her family severed. Reportedly her mother and brother allegedly approached her at a clinic where she was having a check-up on Thursday and convinced her to come home citing they accepted her decision.

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Gohar Abbas, local police station chief said that when Bibi reached her parents’ house, her father, brother and mother cut her throat with a knife. She immediately succumbed to her injuries. She has a 10-month old daughter and was seven months pregnant when killed.

Meanwhile, police is on hunt for her family and have already detained another relative for inciting the killing. Last week, sixteen year-old Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice. The recent cases of honour killings, forced marriages, acid throwing and killing for refusal of marriage proposals in the country is a testament to the fact, that criminal justice system has become dysfunctional and failed to protect citizens from the brutal and tyrant actions.