In two separate incidents in Pakistan, two teenage girls have been killed by their own father. These are the latest examples of rising gender-based violence in the country.
Pakistan is one of the countries in the world where gender violence is continuously increasing. A recent incident in this regard is related to Charsadda, a backward and conservative northwestern region of Pakistan. On Tuesday, the police continued a large-scale raid in this northwestern region.
The first case of the murder of the daughter by the father
An 18-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by her father in Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa last Sunday. The reason was that a video went viral on social media, the source or nature of which has not yet been confirmed. According to Mohammad Munir, a regional government official, the video was taken while the victim, an 18-year-old girl, was dancing. The father saw the daughter dancing in the video and “his pride was awakened” and in a fit of rage he killed his daughter.
Another incident of murder of daughter by father
A 19-year-old girl who married her choice in the southern city of Karachi, Pakistan, was shot dead by her father at the door of the courtroom a few hours after the aforementioned murder incident in Char Sada. Police official Shabbir Ahmed made public the news of this incident of murder.
According to human rights organization Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, every year more than 1000 people are killed in Pakistan on the pretext of saving family honor. Most of those involved in such incidents are released under the “pardon by guardian” law.
Why are laws flawed?
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the country approved a partial repeal of the law in 2016, but it did not prove to be enough to stop the controversial provision of the law. Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Shiza Fatima Khawaja said that gender-based violence has become an epidemic in Pakistan.
Sarah Malkani, a lawyer specializing in human rights, said, “If the state and society pay attention to the working mentality behind such incidents, such incidents of killing can be prevented.”
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