Honour killing cases spiraling in Sindh
MIRPURKHAS: At least 35 people were put to death in the name of honour across the country during the last 30 days of the year 2006 and 22 of them were killed in Sindh alone. According to a report of the Human Right Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) for November 23 to December 22, 2006, all the 35 people were killed by their immediate relatives, and out of them 24 were women. Interestingly, the majority of the victims were married people. The report states that during the period as many as 126 people committed suicide and of them 74 were from Sindh.
Thirty of the victims were women, and in most of the cases the cause was either a financial crisis or petty familial disputes. Similarly, the majority of the victims used either poison or poisonous medicines, while a few of them hanged themselves. Besides, 92 people also attempted suicide but were rescued. The report reveals that during the aforementioned period 15 people were subjected to sexual assault, of them 14 were from Sindh alone. The victims, including six boys, were mainly under 14 years of age.
Source: The News