Young newlyweds in northeastern Pakistan were killed by the bride’s family, the latest victims of honor killings in the country, Pakistan police said Saturday.
Sajjad Ahmed, 26, and Muawia Bibi, 18, were married by a Pakistani court June 18 — but apparently against the wishes of the Bibi family, CNN reported, citing Punjab police official Mohammad Ahsanullah.
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On Thursday, the bride’s father and uncles lured the couple back to the village of Satrah in Punjab province, where Ahsanullah said the pair were tied up and then decapitated.
Despite the fact that there were no outside witnesses, family members turned themselves in to police and are now jailed in the Sialkot district of Punjab, Ahsanulluh said.
Such killings often originate from tribal traditions in Pakistan and usually happen in rural areas. Human rights activists said bystanders, including police, don’t often interfere because the killings are considered to be family matters.
About 5,000 women are murdered by family members in honor killings every year, according to the United Nations — but women’s advocacy groups have maintained that the crime is underreported and the real death toll is much higher.
In Pakistan, 869 women were victims of honor killings last year, according to the country’s human rights commission.
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Earlier in June, 18-year-old Saba Masqood was found left for dead inside of a sack in a canal in Pakistan, injured by gunfire. She accused her brother and father of shooting her because they didn’t approve of her marriage to a neighbor. She survived, but many aren’t so lucky.
Last month, the death of a pregnant Pakistani woman made headlines around the world. Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked with bricks by about 20 people, including members of her immediate family, police said. And her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, told CNN that he had killed his first wife six years ago so he could marry Parveen.
CNN ran the following video with its story on the latest honor killing in Pakistan: