Honor killing Defines
An honor killing is a murder, nearly exclusively of a woman, who has been perceived as having brought dishonor to her family. Such killings are typically perpetrated by the victim’s own relatives and/or community and unlike a crime of passion or rage-induced killing; it is usually planned in advance. Official data shows that about 6000 were killed; most of these belonged to Punjab, followed by, Sindh, NWFP and Baluchistan. Of the 2774 murdered women, 1578 were killed in Punjab, 751 in Sindh, 260 in NWFP and 185 in Baluchistan. Of the 1327 murdered men, 675 were killed in Punjab, 348 in Sindh, 188 in NWFP and 116 in Baluchistan.2 In Sindh, it was noticed that literacy had a strange association with such killings, which is evidenced by the fact that nine such murders were committed in Karachi with literacy rate of 65.26%; the lowest literacy rate is in Tharparker (18.32%) where no such murder was committed.3 Women in rural areas are constantly suppressed and this reality is further augmented by low literacy level, male dominance and hidden agendas. But what I think that honour killing is associated with the ego the men have, and due to his wild person inside and the so called dominant behaviour.
Human Rights Watch defines “honor killings” as follows:
Honor crimes are acts of violence, usually murder, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce — even from an abusive husband — or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. In societies and cultures where they occur, such killings are often regarded as a “private matter” for the affected family alone, and courts rarely become involved or prosecute the perpetrators. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that the annual worldwide total of honor-killing victims may be as high as 5,000 women.
HONOR KILLING IN PAKISTAN
In Pakistan on every day basis we are hearing the news of Karo Kari, women being killed on the name of prestige treated like animals for no reason and their lives are wasted. In Interior Sindh women are killed on the name of so called honor and for controlling this crime there is no law which can kill this menace. In Interior parts of Sindh the wadeera system is at peek. In Interior Sindh no one has the right to raise voice against injustice done in this area because of the strong hold of wadeera’s. They are the people who are ruining lives of so many women because they considered them as their private property. Wadeera culture is the root cause of all the problems because in this system honour killing is being considered as their values and part of culture. They all name honour killing brutal act as their Rivayat, and they doesn’t accept it as a violence and brutal act.
Honor killing in Interior Sindh
In Interior Sindh women are considered as animals without any rights and property of women, In Interior Sindh condition is worst the Karo Kari tradition is at peek and women lives is at stake. They have no rights of choosing their life partners and if some women found involved in such act than she will be declared Kari and than his so called care taker of their properties “men” will take her life on the name of honor killing.
In Sindh the situation is so worst that hundreds of women are killed on the name of honor and prestige and no law can do anything with these cruel people.
Because of the wadeera and landlords hold on our government because they are the one who are sitting in parliaments and they can not see any law against Karo Kari system.
So, in this way how the situation will improve and this brutal act can be eradicated, no solution for that except one that all these so called landlords law should be banned in Interior parts of Pakistan and government should made special laws for these kinds of areas where the powerful people are doing every brutal act just on the name of “Power” and “Land”. They have so much brutal attitude that they had built a separate Graveyard for such women who are convicted in bringing disgrace to their family and so called men. But in these entire situation every year hundred of women are buried in these graveyards with out any fear of law and no one is allowed to even questioned about their identity, because all the law and order personal especially police are helpless because they all are in control of so called wadeeras’ who are supposed to be their care takers.
KARO KARI BECAUSE OF WILD EGO
In my opinion Karo Kari is not something which is only found in Pakistan but in developed countries of the world this menace is widely found and they have given different name to it, the more progressive according to the societal needs. Honor killing is something related to the wild ego and some time because of the psycho disorder in men because of the dominance behavior and leading attitude.
There are so many things to write about honor killing but it is of no use because of the government attitude towards stopping this menace, and eradicating from the society. Why we can not eradicate this brutality from society? Why we can not stop violence? Why we can not give rights to women? Why. In my opinion this is all because of the weak law and order situation and no fear of being punished. When criminals are rulling the government in Pakistan and sitting in the parliaments than in this situation how we can expect any change in Pakistani society. The only hope is that men should personally realize the rights of women and start considering them as human and this change can only be possible if illiteracy rate can be controlled. NGOs and human activists should conduct seminars and awareness campaigns to aware the people about the consequences of honour killing and should force the government to take effective steps to eradicate the wadeera hold from interior part of Pakistan other wise this practice can not be controlled and it will keep on increasing and make its hold more stronger.