Rise in ‘honour’ crimes

- DAWN

Sep 14, 2018-

The number of women—and men—being killed in the name of ‘honour’ keeps rising at a disturbing rate in this country. Only last week, three brutal cases of ‘honour’ crime were reported. While HRCP documented 737 ‘honour’ crimes between June 2017 and August 2018, the figures do not reflect the full picture. This is because most cases go unreported as families—and even survivors—fear they will never get justice. Even after arrests, convictions rates remain abysmally low because the real challenge is the legal loophole allowing perpetrators—often fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and uncles—to go free as victims’ families can pardon them.

For women oppressed by patriarchal dictates, the law does not prevent killers from roaming free while society sanctions this behaviour by first policing women, then blaming them and silently accepting their cold-blooded murder. It is condemnable, then, that the state has yet to remove the ‘forgiveness’ loophole from the anti-honour killing law. Regressive traditions supporting murder in the name of honour are reason enough for removing punishment waivers and compoundability provisions from the law been penalised.

Published: 14-09-2018 07:28

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