PESHAWAR: A man and a woman were killed in the name of honour in North Waziristan tribal district on Monday, police said.

The incident happened in Loli Faqiran village in Ghulam Khan tehsil of North Waziristan. Police said a man allegedly stabbed to death his sister-in-law inside the house and her alleged paramour outside the house.

Police said the woman was 30 years old and was also pregnant and had two children. Police said the accused has been arrested who has who confessed the crime during initial interrogation.

The bodies were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Hospital Miranshah for post-mortem. After the autopsy, the bodies handed over to the family members.

Honour killing incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and rest of the country are common and many such incidents go unreported.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 95 cases about honour killings were registered last year, but it doesn’t possess statistics of merged tribal districts.

Like other parts of the country, the ratio of women being killed for honour is higher in KP as compared to men. According to Aurat Foundation, a non-governmental organisation working for rights of women, 9 percent increase was witnessed in the honour killings of women in KP in 2019.

Women rights activist Dr Noreen Naseer says it is highly unfortunate that honour killings have ‘silent support’ in a tribal culture. She says the actual figure of honour killings of women is much more higher, but people brand such deaths as natural death due to fear of social stigma.

Under Pakistani laws, the punishment for honour killing is life imprisonment or death. Dr Noreen says cases of honour killing are not reported in tribal districts and the culprits roam freely there.

Daud Afridi, a social activist, says all killings under the rules set by citizens on their own are illegal and inhuman act. He says women are the major victim of such customs. However, he says, it is not impossible to break these customs.

Sana Ijaz, founder member of Wak, a women’s rights organisation, says women in tribal societies are killed for honour even over an allegation. She says the honour killing is then termed a natural death or suicide and evidences are concealed. She pointed out that the journalists of merged districts don’t report all the honour killing incidents.

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