Pakistan Honor Killing, The 19 Year Old Daughter Survived Being Shot Twice In The Head By Her Father

 on Tuesday, 8 March 2016  

** Saba Maqsood, 19, was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt
** She was dumped in the river, struggle to the canal bank where she was helped
** This news comes just a week after a broad daylight honour killing in Lahore

A teenager survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved, police in Pakistan said.

Saba Maqsood was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt before she was tossed into the canal, said Ali Akbar, a spokesman for police in Hafizabad, Punjab province.

It comes just a week-and-a-half after the broad daylight 'honour killing' of another woman in a city centre drew worldwide condemnation.

girl in pakistan servived a honor killing

About every 90 minutes, an honor killing unfolds somewhere in the world, usually in a Muslim country. Pakistan alone has more than 1,000 a year, and the killers often go unpunished.

'The victim, Saba ... has married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family. She was shot twice for this and thrown to the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead.'

Ms Maqsood was badly wounded and few minutes in the water she regained consciousness and struggled to the bank, where passers-by helped her.

 Last month a Pakistani woman called Farzana Iqbal was attacked and killed by suspected family members because she had married the man she loved.

Death before dishonour: Police collect evidence near the body of Farzana Iqbal, who was stoned to death by her relatives in another suspected honour killing near the Lahore High Court building in Lahore
Death before dishonor: Police collect evidence near the body of Farzana Iqbal, who was stoned to death by her relatives in another suspected honor killing near the Lahore High Court building in Lahore on May 27

The case drew intense global attention, including condemnation from the United Nations, in part because it the killing was so brazen. It happened in the centre of the city of Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital.

But many other incidents remain unreported. In 2013, 869 such cases were reported in the media, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, but the true figure is believed to be higher.

The police later arrested Saba’s father, Maqsood, and the uncle, Muhammad, and their defense was that they did the right thing.
“She took away our honor,” Maqsood said from his jail cell. “If you put one drop of piss in a gallon of milk, the whole thing gets destroyed. That’s what she has done. … So I said, ‘No, I will kill you myself.’”
Maqsood said that after shooting Saba he went home and told his wife, “I have gone and killed your daughter.” He added: “My wife cried. What else could she do? I am her husband. She is just my wife.”
Perpetrators of honor killings often are not prosecuted because Pakistani law allows families of victims to forgive a killing. So a man kills his daughter, the rest of the family forgives him, and he’s off the hook.
Tremendous pressure was applied to Saba by community elders to pardon her father and uncle. In the end, her husband’s older brother — the head of her new family — told her to forgive and move on. “There is no other way,” he said. “We have to live in the same neighborhood.”
Saba complied, and her father and uncle were released from prison. “After this incident, everyone says I am more respected,” her father boasted. “I can proudly say that for generations to come none of my descendants will ever think of doing what Saba did.” The families still live near each other, although the father insists he will not try again to kill Saba….
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1 comment:

  1. so his wife could not say anything because she is just his wife, his property. And this is a religion of equality. what a crock. it is a cult.

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