By Riaz Qadir Narejo, correspondent for The News at Dadu
Article published here with kind permission of the author
DADU: Two women were killed in the pretext of honor killing here on Wednesday [24th October].
According to reports in the first incident, which occurred in the third largest remote area of Sindh - Kachho, Taluka Johi, district Dadu, a brother gunned downed his younger sister in the name of 'Honor Killing'.
This news was learnt from sources in the village the where girl was murdered. On the condition of anonymity, one villager confirmed the news that the girl was attacked by her brother and killed - the brother believed that his sister had developed an illicit relation with another man, and the brother caught them in an 'objectionable situation'. With anger, he killed his sister while the man succeeded in running away.
The victim girl’s dead body was brought to Dadu Hospital for autopsy, and a correspondent also reached the location. However, there were some armed men of associated tribes who prevented the recording of any footage, or further reporting.
In a second incident of honor killing in another remote location of same Kachho area - Taluka Johi, district Dadu, an uncle (Mama) killed his niece in the pretext of konor killing. Sources closed to victim family revealed this story but never shared name of the woman. They described the woman as married and alleged that she was also caught in an 'objectionable stiuation'.
Neither case was reported to the police, nor admitted by the victim's relatives.
The cases of honor killing are on rise in the interior of Sindh. Including these latest two incidents, the number of such cases and the death toll of women murdered in the name of 'honour' has reached five within just two months in the interior of Sindh.
However, prominent activists such as Rozeena Junejo have pursued the matter by taking the issue to the plate form of women activists' forums.
Riaz Qadir Narejo belongs to district Dadu province Sindh, Pakistan and has been engaged in Journalism for 20 years, while he worked for many newspapers. For 12 years, he has been working for the English language newspaper - The News International, and also working for Geo News TV for five years. Riaz Narejo has also published many articles on health issue, sexual abuse against children & women as well as on the issue of Human Rights.