In another incident of killing in the name of ‘honour’, a woman was killed by her father and brother on-court premises in Peshawar for ‘eloping’ with a man.
After the woman and her partner, who belonged to Bannu, eloped, they were captured by the Bannu police which handed them over to Khazana police. They were then presented before court.
The incident took place at the judicial complex located on Khyber Road within the limits of the east cantonment police station.
The police have said that the victim belonged to the Sheru Jhangi area. It was further revealed by the officials that they have taken the suspects into custody, and were investigating how they had gotten the ammunition past the screening post.
This is not the first time such an incident has taken place. Hundreds of women are murdered each year in Pakistan by family members over perceived damage to “honour” that can involve eloping, fraternising with men, or any other infraction against conservative values that govern women’s modesty.
Many such killings go unreported, but the 2016 death of social media star Qandeel Baloch at the hands of her brother ignited a fierce debate about their prevalence and prompted the government to tighten the laws.
Human rights experts say enforcement of justice is often lax in cases involving violence against women, with proceedings at times being drawn out while accused killers were freed on bail and cases faded away.