Pakistan: Honour killings of women and girls

Pakistan: Honour killings of women and girls

Index Number: ASA 33/018/1999
Date Published: 31 August 1999
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, Pakistan

This report describes the different facets of the phenomenon of honour killings in Pakistan. It looks at the traditions that form the framework of such killings, particularly the commodification of women and the notion of honour. Honour killings may happen for a variety of reasons, including seeking a divorce, rape or choosing a marriage partner. The report highlights the failure of the authorities to prevent these killings by investigating and punishing the perpetrators. Both police and judges display gender bias in favour of men who have killed women or girls for alleged breaches of honour.

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