Pakistan: Muslim father murders his two daughters, one of them 10 years old, in honor killing
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.
“Two Pakistan Sisters Murdered By Father In ‘Honour Killing,’” Press Trust of India, September 24, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Peshawar: A young woman and her 10-year-old sister were murdered by their father in Pakistan in a so called ‘honour killing’, police said today.
Abdul Gani killed his daughters – 20-year-old Shamim and Noreen – and later confessed to the crime upon his arrest, according to DSP Fazal Wahid.
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