Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman

Haroon Janjua reports at the New York Post,
Two Pakistani teenagers who tried to elope were brutally murdered by relatives with electric shocks last month as an “honor killing” in the southern port city of Karachi, police confirmed.

The tribal boy and girl accused of falling in love with each other were declared by the local tribal council, or jirga, as a symbol of “dishonor” on the Pashtun community.

On the orders of the influential tribal council, the teenage girl was murdered first, and the boy was killed the next day. The bodies were buried secretly at night and no funerals took place.

Pakistani elders meet in 2006 for a traditional gathering known as a jirga in the town of Mir Ali. AFP/Getty Images

...Pakistan is regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, with 2014 research finding that each day six women were kidnapped, four were murdered, four were raped and three killed themselves.
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