Two girls among four killed for ‘honour’ in Kohistan

KOHISTAN: Four persons, including two girls, have been killed in the name of honour in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police said on Saturday.

Police said armed men shot dead four persons of a family, including two girls, in the name of honour in Chechang Dasu area of Kohistan. Local sources said the area is remote and no mobile phone service is available there due to which it is currently difficult to ascertain exact details about the incident. The sources said it is not clear when the incident actually took place and under what circumstances the boys and girls were killed.

Police said the killers have escaped from the area and raids are continuing for their arrest.

According to latest reports, the deceased have been identified as 21-year-old Gul Gabina, 18-year-old Yasmeen Bibi, 21-year-old Bostan and 19-year-old Sabab Shah. The slain girls are stated to be cousins, while the slain boys are also relatives. On the report of Abdur Rauf, father of Gul Gabina, Lotar Police Station filed a case against the accused, Sadar Rehman.

Several incidents of honour killing happen in the ultra-conservative Kohistan from time to time and most of them go unreported.

In 2012, a boy from Kohistan in a video had alleged that a local Jirga had ordered killing of five girls who clapped for him when he was dancing at the wedding of his two younger brothers. There were certain reports that these girls were later killed on the Jirga’s order. The Supreme Court had taken suo moto notice of the matter.

Some suspects involved in that incidents have been arrested and they are under investigation. Media reports said the arrested suspects include the brothers and cousins of the deceased women. Some reports say the suspects have confessed killing the girls.