Sunday, March 15, 2020

Pakistani parents shot their daughter in the face for refusing a tradition of being sold into forced marriage

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An 18-year-old Pakistani woman from Hafizabad in Punjab province survives being shot and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the man she loved and refusing a tradition of being sold into forced marriage by her family This horrific case of honor killing raises awareness of the brutal violation of women's rights in Pakistan where honor killings are considered a social norm.
Honour killings in Pakistan are known locally as karo-kari. Pakistan has the highest number of documented and estimated honour killings per capita of any country in the world; about one-fifth of the world's honour killings are performed in Pakistan (1000 out of the 5000 per year total).
According to Islamic tradition, the "honor" of the entire family is measured by women's behavior. Any action that may be perceived as harming the family's honor may cost the woman her life. In other words, a woman is required not only to obey Islam including its strict codes of modesty but also to completely obey her male (guardians husband, father, brother and even uncle).