Roadshow in Poole brings attention to honour based violence and forced marriage

SHOCKING stories of rape, threats of violence, self-harm and suicide were brought into the open in Poole at a roadshow raising awareness of honour based violence and forced marriage. Around 550 people attended the event at Lighthouse, hosted by Safer Poole Partnership and Dorset Police, at which the importance of a new forced marriage law on .. read more

Pakistan woman survives shooting after marriage dispute

An 18-year old Pakistani woman has survived being shot by her family after she married her neighbour, police say. Saba Maqsood was allegedly shot by her father, brother and uncle before being thrown into a canal. She was saved by passers-by in the town of Hafizabad in Punjab province. It follows the killing of Farzana .. read more

India teen girls hanged from mango trees are honor killings, police say

Two teenage girls who were reportedly raped and abused before they were strung up and hung from a mango tree may have been victimized by family members who were carrying out honor killings, police said. Anand Lal Bannerjee, the head of police in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, said only one of the girls had been .. read more

Saba Maqsood Survived Horrifying Family Attack with Daring Escape

Gujranwala, Pakistan – Another incident of so-called honor killing was attempted in close proximity to the recent killing in Lahore of a woman in front of the superior court. This time around, the intended victim survived the attack. 19-year-old Saba Maqsood married her next door neighbor without the consent of her family. The ceremony was .. read more

A culture of killing

Was Farzana Parveen’s murder just another one in the long list of honour killings that routinely happen in the district she belonged to?    “She was extremely lucky,” says Ali Akbar, a 35-year-old farmer from Mairpur village in Nankana Sahib district, referring to Farzana Parveen, a 25-year old pregnant woman who was killed by her .. read more

Killing with impunity: Four women, one man killed for ‘honour’

Multan: Five people were murdered in so-called honour killings and four were murdered over property on Saturday. In Khanewal, a man killed his brother and sister-in-law, accusing the latter of having an extramarital affair. Police said Amir shot Zubaida* and his brother when he tried to save her. Two cousins who were present at the time .. read more

Another girl found hanging from a tree in UP

A young girl was found hanging from a tree at a village in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Police have sent the body for post mortem to ascertain the cause of the death. “We have sent the body for post mortem and waiting for the report to know the cause of the death,” said Gulab .. read more

Honour killings in Pakistan: little hope of change

In the space of just a few weeks, two cases of honour killings in Pakistan shocked the world. Although some might expect such global outrage and attention to help trigger change, activists in Pakistan do not hold out much hope for improvement in the near future. By Roma Rajpal Weiss Eighteen-year-old Saba Maqsood from Islamabad .. read more

Human rights defender blames Pakistani state for ‘barbaric’ honour killing

TANYA NOLAN: She’s been a fearless advocate for women and a pioneer of human rights law in her home country of Pakistan for more than 30 years. Pro-democracy lawyer and campaigner Hina Jilani says she’s always felt a need to speak out against injustice otherwise she says she has no right to complain about it. .. read more

Hanged Indian woman may be victim of ‘honour killing’

A teenager has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the fourth woman to die in such a way in recent weeks in Uttar Pradesh state. A post-mortem confirmed death by hanging, but did not find she had been raped as the 19-year-old’s family had alleged. The BBC’s Zubair Ahmed .. read more