LAHORE – A man yesterday killed his 22-year-old daughter and then courted arrest at the Shahdara police station.
The homicide, which police believe appears to be a case of honour killing, took place at a house in Nain Sukh in Shahdara.
Investigators identified the victim as Mahwish Bibi, who recently married to a man of her own choice.
“The lady had eloped with a man and they contracted love-marriage,” said Manzar Ali, duty officer at the Shahdara police station.
“Simply, it is a case of honour killing,” the police official said and continued, “this was the third time that she had eloped with her lover.
Her father Sher Ali told the police investigators that he strangled Mahwish because she had eloped with a man.
A couple of days ago, the lady came back home after the elders of both the families decided to settle the issue amicably.
Sher Ali strangulated his daughter to death for defaming the family’s honour.
Then, he reached the police station.
The body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy.
A police officer last night confirmed the arrest of the alleged killer but claimed that the police were yet to mention his arrest in the official record.
A murder case was registered under section 302 of the PPC against the father.
The police are investigating the killing.
Early this month, Pakistani Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won the Academy Award for best documentary short film at the star-studded Hollywood ceremony.
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, was a film on the subject of honour killing in Pakistan, telling the story of a rare survivor.
The Upper House passed the anti-honour killing laws after Obaid-Chinoy won the award and met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, turning a global spotlight on the cases of honour killings in the country.
Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives across the country each year on the grounds of defending family “honour”.
According to Aurat Foundation’s statistics, at least 432 women were reportedly killed in the name of honour in Pakistan in 2012, 705 in 2011, 557 in 2010, 604 in 2009, and 475 women were killed in 2008.
Right activists say they believe the new laws would help punish the men who kill female relatives and escape punishment if they are “pardoned” by relatives following the payment of blood money.