Two men arrested in Pakistan on charges of ‘honor killings’ »Manila Bulletin News | Instant News


By Agence France-Presse

Pakistani authorities have arrested two men for allegedly killing two female family members after a video showing them being kissed by a man posted online, police said Sunday.

The two women were killed on Thursday in a northwestern district near the Afghan border, where women often have few rights and are subject to strict tribal codes that limit their movements outside the home.

“The two men claimed to have killed them,” police official Mohammad Nawaz said.

The two men – one of whom was the father of the first victim and the other was the second brother, both detained in court while awaiting trial.

Police said the victims were in their 20s and had appeared in a short video posted online that showed they were kissed by a man.

The women were later shot dead in the remote village of Garyum in North Waziristan and buried by family members, according to Nawaz.

Loye Daraz, a second police official in the area also confirmed details of the incident.

Police said authorities were looking for two other suspects believed to be involved in the murder.

About a thousand Pakistani women are killed in so-called “honor killings” every year – in which the victim, usually a woman, is killed by a relative because of family shame.

Perpetrators often walk freely because there are legal loopholes that allow them to apologize for crimes from other family members.

But the government has since passed a law mandating life imprisonment even if the attacker escapes death through the forgiveness of relatives.

In September, a Pakistani court sentenced three men to life in prison for the murder of three women who were having fun at a wedding in 2012.

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