By Khadijah Shah
Balochistan, Pakistan: According to reports of different non-governmental organizations working in Balochistan 57 women and 10 men have been murdered in the name of ‘honour’ in the last 6 months of 2008. The representatives of these organizations said that the frequency of honour crimes is increasing; the government should make sure that the culprits involved in these crimes should be punished according to the law of the country.
Recently the live burial of five women in Nasira-abad became the front page story in national and international media. Regional coordinator of Aurat Foundation (NGO), Alaodin Khilji said the honour killing is increasing. Khiliji said that according to the reports published by Aurat Foundation 57 women and 10 men were killed in the name of honour, during last 6 months. Whereas according to the reports published last year, there were 70 to 80 honour killings in Balochistan. Khilji told that in the brutal and barbaric incident of Nasira-abad five women were tortured and were buried without confirming if they had died or not.
Provincial president of the Aurat Foundation, advocate Zahoor Shahwani told that people proclaim murders caused for other motives as honour killing just to protect the murderers from law. It’s very important to address the education and economic problems of those areas where these incidents occur, Shahwani said.
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