KARACHI, 19 January 2017:-Taking lives of people is easy nowadays and “honour killing” is one of the medium to eradicate human life from the society. Recently in June 2016 a mother named Parveen bibi burned alive her own daughter named Zeenat Rafiq just because she ran away and married a guy (Hasan Khan). On Monday she was sentenced by an Anti- terrorism court (ATC) Lahore.
This is just one case which is been reported and taken into consideration according to the HRCP database was from between February 2014 to June 2016 the number of honour killings in this period was 1,276, nearly 400 did not have FIRs registered, and most of the victims were killed by guns.
But everything bad has an end to it someday or at least hope of eliminating it soon. On 24 February 2016 Prime Minister Nawaz sharif quoted to the audience and Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy that “there is no ‘honour’ in murder” in the screening of the documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.
Taking that thought into consideration in the following year in October government passed anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills which was moved by PPP senator Farahtaullah Babar. In the parliament PM Nawaz Sharif vowed to implement the Legislation. He said that honour killing was one of the most serious problems that Pakistan had been facing and the government was firm to embrace all possible ways to remove this mark from the society.
“We have succeeded in our efforts today; there is no honour in honour killing,” the prime minister remarked.
“We will make it sure to fully enforce this legislation across the country as we did during its passage from the Parliament. Women are the most essential part of our society and I believe in their empowerment, protection and emancipation so that they can equally contribute towards development and prosperity of our country,” he reiterated.
Civil Rights groups and politicians have for years called for dangerous laws to tackle criminals of violence against women in Pakistan and the move trails a slide of killings in the country. This bill can be a hope for all women to have a free will in the country. Pakistan can overcome the issue if implemented properly.