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December 6, 2017

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No honour in killing

It is surprising that both men and women in our country face severe criticism if they marry someone of their own choice. Many people consider free-will marriages to be a crime and believe that anyone who has committed this offence has brought disgrace to their culture and values. This is why they do not hesitate to kill the person who has married of his/her own volition. Despite having an anti-honour killing bill, the rate of so-called honour killings is increasing at a fast pace.
Recently, a newly-wed couple was killed in Karachi over ‘honour’ by their own family members. The killing was carried out on the orders of jirga. It is unfortunate that the higher authorities have not taken steps to put an end to such practices. These ‘orders’ will not stop unless exemplary punishments are given to wrongdoers. Such disputes should only be resolved in courts.
Yousuf Wahag
Turbat

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