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Honour killings still persistent in Pakistan

Islamabad: Ambassador Cecilie Landsverk participated as chief guest in the event of launching the pilot Study on “Honour Killings” in Pakistan and the Compliance of Law. The study has been funded by the Norwegian Embassy.

Although the legislation against “honour killing” was passed in 2004, its implementation is defective/faulty. The author of the report Maliha Zia Lari said that in her findings there are many factors hindering compliance with the law like the lack of overall consolidated data and that of the courts, categorisation of First Information Reports from the Police and reluctance of people to comment on the incidence of “honour killings”.

Another factor which hindered compliance with the law, is that most “honour crimes” were committed by family members, which results in the “unwillingness” of the family to lose another member.

Therefore most cases end up without a court conviction, but with a solution of compensation or forgiveness in accordance with Qisas and Dyiat ordinances. This is one of the major lacunas in the Law of 2004.

In reality in means that murderers are going free and unpunished for these crimes, which is a very bad signal to society. At the same time there are also positive signs, such as an increasing new awareness on these offences, that “honour killing” is wrong and that there is no honour in killing. The ambassador praised the work that has been done in the Pilot Study and supported the needs of going deeper into the matter of “honour killings”

For more information, contact:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad
House No. 25, Street No. 19, Sector F-6/2
P.O. Box 1336
Islamabad
Pakistan
Telephone: +92-51-2279720-4
Fax: +92-51-2279726 / +92-51-2279729
E-Mail: emb.islamabad@mfa.no

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