** Saba Maqsood,
19, was attacked
by her father, uncle, brother and aunt
** She was dumped
in the river, struggle to the canal bank where she was helped
** This news
comes just a week after a broad daylight honour killing inLahore
survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family for marrying the
man she loved, police inPakistansaid.
Saba Maqsood was attacked by her father,
uncle, brother and aunt before she was tossed into the canal, said Ali Akbar, a
spokesman for police in Hafizabad,Punjabprovince.
It comes just a week-and-a-half after the
broad daylight 'honour killing' of another woman in a city centre drew
every 90 minutes, an honor killing unfolds somewhere in the world, usually in a
Muslim country. Pakistan alone
has more than 1,000 a year, and the killers often go unpunished.
has married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the
wishes of her family. She was shot twice for this and thrown to the canal
after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead.'
Ms Maqsood was
badly wounded and few minutes in the water she regained consciousness and
struggled to the bank, where passers-by helped her.
a Pakistani woman called Farzana Iqbal was attacked and killed by suspected
family members because she had married the man she loved.
Death before dishonor: Police collect evidence near
the body of Farzana Iqbal, who was stoned to death by her relatives in another
suspected honor killing near the Lahore High Court building in Lahore on May 27
The case drew
intense global attention, including condemnation from the United Nations, in
part because it the killing was so brazen. It happened in the centre of the
But many other
incidents remain unreported. In 2013, 869 such cases were reported in the
media, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, but the true figure
is believed to be higher.
The police later arrested Saba’s father, Maqsood, and the uncle, Muhammad, and
their defense was that they did the right thing.
“She took away our honor,”
Maqsood said from his jail cell. “If you put one drop of piss in a gallon of
milk, the whole thing gets destroyed. That’s what she has done. … So I said,
‘No, I will kill you myself.’”
Maqsood said that after
shooting Saba he went home and told his wife,
“I have gone and killed your daughter.” He added: “My wife cried. What else
could she do? I am her husband. She is just my wife.”
Perpetrators of honor
killings often are not prosecuted because Pakistani law allows families of
victims to forgive a killing. So a man kills his daughter, the rest of the
family forgives him, and he’s off the hook.
Tremendous pressure was
applied to Saba by community elders to pardon
her father and uncle. In the end, her husband’s older brother — the head of her
new family — told her to forgive and move on. “There is no other way,” he said.
“We have to live in the same neighborhood.”
Saba complied, and her father and uncle
were released from prison. “After this incident, everyone says I am more
respected,” her father boasted. “I can proudly say that for
generations to come none of my descendants will ever think of doing what Saba did.” The families still live near each other,
although the father insists he will not try again to kill Saba….
Pakistan Honor Killing, The 19 Year Old Daughter Survived Being Shot Twice In The Head By Her Father 4.55SEEKER Tuesday, 8 March 2016 ** Saba Maqsood, 1 9 , was attacked by her father, uncle, brother and aunt ** She was dumped in the river, struggle to the canal bank whe...