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Study on Honour Killing Highlight Grim Face of Society

Study on Honour Killing Highlight Grim Face of Society

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12-01-05 5:44 PMStudy on honour killing highlight grim face of societyPage 1 of 2http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=133849
Study on honour killing highlight grim face of society
Islamabad—Activists at a seminar called for effective implementation of laws to de-feat the crime as most of the honour killing cases in the country are largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs. Despite some progress on protection of women’srights, nearly 1,236 honour killings were reported from 2008 to 2010, according to anAurat Foundation report launched on Wednesday.The pilot study titled, ‘Honour killings in Pakistan and the compliance of law’ in col-laboration with the Aurat Foundation’s legislative watch programme for women em-powerment was launched on by Norwegian ambassador to Pakistan CecilieLandsverk, the chief guest at the ceremony.The author of the study, Maliha Zia Lari, said that although the law against ‘honour’killings was passed in year 2004, but since its implementation, honour killings had ac-tually increased. The law has not had the desired impact because of lack of data fromcourts, lack of available consolidated data, categorisation of FIRs, and reluctance of persons to comment on the incidence of ‘honour’ killings were the main reason affect-ing the implementation of the law.Maliha Zia, also an advocate, informed that the research was conducted in 2010 tofind out how the criminal law amendment was being implemented and includedpolice, court and community evaluations. The study was conducted in Ghotki,Gujrat, Naseerabad and Nowshera. “The highest numbers of cases were reportedfrom Ghotki, while the least number of cases were reported from Nowshera.” Sheadded that the biggest limitation to the study was the lack of consolidated dataavailable. She identified three factors - police, court and community – which are the basic source of information in such a case. While studying the FIRs, Maliha Zia saidFIRs were gender insensitive as the police preferred to report such incidents as mur-der instead of honour killings which leads to misreporting. Most of police officersthought that there was no difference between murder and honour killings. Forinstance, she said, all details of the crime were listed but the term “honour killing”was not mentioned in an FIR. “When the term is not mentioned in the FIR, the policerecord it as a murder, and not as honour killing,” she explained.Tahira Abdullah, rights activist pointed out that “the study however does not cover

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