Wife tortured to death for giving birth to girl
In a yet another horrific incident, a woman was beaten to death as her husband hit her repeatedly with a rod for giving birth to a girl in Dadu, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The killing was reported as a barbarian husband, Abdullah Soomro, got infuriated as he wanted a male child and tortured Yamna to death. It is also reported that the young wife was killed after levelling baseless accusations of karo-kari – the term used in Sindh for disrespecting the family honour which result is honour killings. On the other hand, Umar Soomro, the victim’s brother, said her sister was killed for giving birth to two girls.
Like other areas of the country, Sindh, especially upper and western parts of the province, are unfortunately known for honour-related killings. With this mindset, people want boys and pray for their birth with a disliking for girls, with a result that girls marrying by their choice is considered a crime.
Last week, a husband was axed to death and his wife injured as the in-laws attacked their house in the Dad Leghari area of Ghotki.
The couple had tied knot seven months against the wishes of the girl’s family members who – her brothers and other relatives – barged into their house and carried out the brutal act.
In a similar incident, three people were gunned down over a marriage dispute in Shikarpur on May 26, showing that our society continues to revolve around 3Zs – Zun, Zar, Zameen (Woman, Money, Land) even in the 21st century.
If we look at the official figures, the Sindh Police in February this year in a study revealed that a total of 769 people, including 510 women, had been killed in the province during the past five years.
And most disturbing part is that the conviction rate stood at a mere two percent against the acquittal rate of 20.9 percent.
This pathetic conviction rate obviously encourages the tribal elders and family members to pass such orders, knowing that they would not face any consequences.
But the honour killings are widespread in areas too. In a recent incident that got international media attention, two girls were killed in Waziristan over an old video clip that went viral on social media recently. Later, the two killers were arrested – father of one of the girls and brother of the other.
Meanwhile, these killings were instigated by a tribal elder who had asked the people in a social media post to eliminate the two.