Send an Appeal Letter for Three Minors Handed Over to an Honor Killer

21 October 2008

PAKISTAN: Three girls handed over to a man who killed his wife on the pretext of honour killing as compensation

Dear Friends,
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man who killed his second wife for allegedly having an illicit relationship with another received impunity on the pretext of an honour killing by the ‘Jirga’, the illegal tribal justice system on October 20, 2008. The Jirga has also ordered the other party who allegedly had the relationship with the deceased wife to hand over three girls together with 20 buffaloes as compensation to the husband. Police arrested the killer but soon released him and have respected the decision of the Jirga.

According to the information received, Mr. Sher Dil Jatoi, 62 years old, killed his second wife in an honour killing for allegedly having an illicit relationship with a person named Mr. Shahoo Jatoi. The honour killing occurred in August this year. Based on this case, Mr. Mir Hassan Jatoi, one of the chiefs of Jatoi tribe, a powerful tribe in the area held a ‘Jirga’, a court which has been declared as illegal and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, at Lucky Ghulam Shah, Shikarpur district, Sindh province on October 20, 2008 in order to make a decision on the murder case.

Several elites of the Jatoi tribe who have remained in power in both the military and civilian governments took part in the Jirga. The decision said Sher Dil Jatoi was the victim of honour and innocent in killing his second wife. It further said, “as Shahoo Jatoi developed the illicit relationship with the wife of Sher Dil Jatoi, Sher Dil had the right to murder his wife. Shahoo Jatoi was order to compensate Sher Dil by handing over his three minor daughers”. Since Shahoo has only one girl, a 10-year-old daughter, the Jirga decided that the brothers Mr. Miro Jatoi and Mr. Khanan Jatoi should give their daughters of ages between 13 and 11 years to Sher Dil. Besides, it also ordered Shahoo’s family to deliver 20 buffaloes, costing more than 100,000 rupees (around USD 1,400) each, as a fine for having the relationship.

When this incident took place, the people in the area were resentful and pressured the police to arrest him as he was known as a habitual killer of his wives. Due to the pressure, the police arrested and kept him in the police custody but released him after 15 days as the people’s feelings settled down after his arrest. Dr. Ibrahim Jatoi, the chief of the tribe and former minister in the regime of General Zia Ul Haq helped Sher Dil to be released in 2001 when he killed his first wife also on the pretext of an honour killing.

It is reported that more than 100 women are murdered on the pretext of honour killings in Sindh province where the areas bordering Balochistan province. The tribal traditions of killing women on the pretext of honour killings are a common practice as the tribes having a great deal of influence in the area. Four districts are under this tradition.

According to the report made by the Commission on Women, killings are carried out by men to protect their family’s honor for so called immoral behavior such as sex outside marriage, taking to or dating men, being a victim of rape and even bad cooking skills.

The AHRC has continued reporting the cases where prime perpetrators are provided of impunity by the decision of the ‘Jirga’. Please refer to AHRC-UAC-215-2008, AHRC-UAC-193-2008 and AHRC-UAC-182-2008.

Please write letters to the authorities urging them to investigate the case of killing and take necessary action to ensure that the perpetrator is brought before the court and those three girls are immediately brought to their parents.

Please be informed that the AHRC has also written separate letters to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women calling for intervention in this case.

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1 Comment

  1. Mayne Sundewall Hopkins

     /  November 4, 2008

    Human Rights for ALL HUMAN BEINGS is COMMON SENSE!


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