Honor Killing – Mother Burns Daughter Alive in Pakistan
Lahore, Pakistan – -Zeenat Rafiq eloped with her longtime boyfriend Hassan Khan. Not content with an arranged marriage, the two had been in love since their childhood. On Wednesday, Zeenat’s mother and brother tied her to a cot, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire because she married against her family’s wishes.
Screams of agony
Neighbors heard her screams of agony and tried to help, but were prevented from entering the residence by family members. When police arrived, only a charred body remained.
Khan had tried numerous times to get their permission required, but had been turned down every time, which forced them to elope.
Fox News reported,
The victim’s husband, Hassan Khan, told reporters the two had been “in love since our school days” but the family had rejected several marriage proposals, forcing them to elope last month. He showed an affidavit of consent signed by his wife before a magistrate. He also showed cellphone photos of a smiling Zeenat wearing a red dress.
Sheikh Hammad, a local police official, said Parveen confessed to killing her daughter with the help of her son Ahmar. He quoted the woman as saying “I don’t have any regrets.” Another police officer, Ibadat Nisar, said the body showed signs of beating and strangulation.
Pakistan has at least 1,000 honor killings per year. Recent ones include Ambreen Riasat, 17, who was strangled and set on fire because she helped a friend elope. Or Maria Bibi, a schoolteacher who was set on fire for refusing to marry a man twice her age.
According to a Fox article from November of 2015, honor killings are a growing problem in the United States, mostly accusing young women of being “westernized.” The figures may be as low as 23-27 per year, or higher, masked within countless statistics on violent crime that isn’t linked to religious practice.
“Cases of honor killings and/or violence in the U.S. are often unreported because of the shame it can cause to the victim and the victim’s family. Also, because victims are often young women, they may feel that reporting the crime to authorities will draw too much attention to the family committing the crime.” Farhana Qazi, a former U.S. government analyst and senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism
So let’s quickly review: The religion of peace is burning women alive in Pakistan because they want to live in freedom from repressive Shariah dictates regarding love and marriage. And the practice exists in the United States.