A father in Pakistan has killed his two daughters in so-called “honor killings.” Abdul Gani confessed to killing his two daughters – Shamim, 20, and Noreen, 10 – police say.
Gani was arrested for the crime, which occurred in Peshawar’s Achar Kali area on Sep. 20, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Fazal Wahid.
Wahid said the accused miller’s son was the person who reported the murders to police, who lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in the case. An FIR is prepared by police when they receive information about an actionable offense.
Responding to the information, the DSP said police conducted multiple raids. Gani was eventually located and apprehended from the Mosam Ghari area two days after the murders, according to reports from Dawn.
Wahid said that in his confession, Gani explained he’d killed his daughters because he was “ashamed at their conduct, as they used to leave the house at all hours.”
Honor killings carried out by family members are often part of rural, tribal society. In some archaic justice systems, the practice is allowed. However, Pakistan’s government declared the practice illegal when its parliament unanimously approved an anti-honor-killing bill.
Under the new law, perpetrators of honor killings can no longer be pardoned by the victim’s family. Until a year ago, perpetrators were mostly pardoned for committing murders to protect the family’s honor.
According to Australia’s ABC News, “[U]nder Islamic law — the Qisas (an eye for an eye) and Diyat (blood money), which was introduced by military dictator General Zia ul-Haq in the 1970s — the killers walked free after paying a small amount of blood money to the victim’s family.”
The loophole was tightened last October by the government. The legislation on honor killings created tough punishment for convicted murderers, making it stricter than in usual murder cases.
Under the new law, relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer if he is sentenced to death, but the convict would still face a mandatory prison sentence of twelve-and-a-half years.
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