Men still killing women for 'honour' in Pakistan, despite new law

Wasim (right), brother of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch and his cousin (left), who are accused of killing her for 'honour', are escorted by a policeman (centre) as they arrive at a local court in Multan, Pakistan, on October 17, 2017. Love can get you killed in Pakistan, where hundreds of women are murdered annually for "honour" – and new legislation put in place one year ago has done very little to change that, experts say. PHOTO | SS MIRZA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • At least 280 honour killings were recorded by the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan from October 2016 to June of this year.
  • Generally Pakistanis will accept a man who has committed rape, a senior police official says, but if a woman is even suspected of an affair it is considered a shame for the family and not forgiven.
  • Culprits can use Pakistan's Qisas (blood money) and Diyat (retribution) law, which allows them to seek forgiveness from a victim's relatives — a particularly convenient means of escape in honour cases.



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