Pakistani Bride Murdered For "Honor" For Marrying Man Of Her Own Choosing

From the Daily Times (Pakistan):
ISLAMABAD: A 17-year-old girl, Sania, was murdered in cold blood for honour after marrying a man of her choice just a month ago.

According to Nelor police, Sania, a resident of Village Tumair, ran away with Hamayun Khan to married him. Her uncle Hameed Khan was threatening them, they said. He then called a Jirga, which decided that no one will kill Sania and she was brought back to her father’s house.

On Wednesday, Hameed Khan shot her in head and ran away. Police shifted the dead body to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and registered First Information Report on behalf of Sania’s father against her uncle.

According to sources, Sania’s father will forgive his brother in the court thus setting the killer free.

Station House Officer Fazalur Rehman said it is an honour killing case and the police cannot register an FIR against Jirga members because Sania’s father has not named them.

Govt should wake up now: Human rights activist Shahnaz Bukhari told Daily Times, “I don’t know after how many murders government will pass a bill against honour killing. Supreme Court should abolish Jirgas and an FIR should be lodged against all Jirga members. Estate should become a party instead of the victim’s father in this case.”

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