“Honour killing” punishable under Islamic law: Shariat Court

Shaheed Bibi Shamshida: Charthawal
Shaheed Bibi Farzana: Sarai Rasulpur

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): Close on the heels of three cases of suspected honour killings in the district, a Shariat Court here has ruled that such crimes should be treated as murder and are punishable under Islamic law.

“Islam does not permit illicit relationship, but killing a girl for this reason is a cold-blooded murder and is a serious offence under the Islamic law,” chairman of Shariyat Court Maulana Irfan Mufti Zulfikar said.

The court made this observation on an application moved by a social activist highlighting recent cases in which three girls were allegedly killed by their kin “to protect family honour”.

Killing of an innocent girl is a shameful act, members of the religious court observed.

Last month, a 17-year-old girl (Shaheed Bibi) Shamshida was killed allegedly by her brother Shamshuddin in Charthawal town for eloping with her lover who belonged to a different community.

Police arrested Shamshuddin who “confessed” to killing his sister Shamshida for “tarnishing the family’s name”, the police said.

On November 14, another girl (Shaheed Bibi) Farzana, 18, who had eloped with her lover, was murdered allegedly by her brother at Sarai Rasulpur village in the district.