Pakistan frames law against 'honour killing'
Sunday, October 9, 2016
On Thursday,'s parliament announced a bill has been passed against the practice of . Per the legislation, those convicted of honour killing would be imprisoned for 25 years to life.
In the practice of honour killing, men had the right to kill a female relative deemed to have brought dishonour to the family. Thus, murderers could avoid death-for-death ((ar))Arabic: retribution in kind by paying blood money according to ((ar))Arabic: blood money in law.
The legislation, which was jointly approved by upper and lower parliament, allows the perpetrator to avoid theif the victim's family forgives him, but the convict still faces imprisonment.
Last year, more than 1000 honour killing cases were reported in Pakistan. The legislation was presented as eliminating loopholes from past legislation against honour-killing. Pakistaniactivist noted the judge has unrestricted power to choose whether the murder qualifies as honour killing.
Asserting in parliament that 17,000 females in Pakistan have eloped since 2014, Conservative senatorlater told the , "They are trying to impose Western culture over here. We will not allow [...] We will impose the law that our holy and say".
The parliament also passed an anti-law mandating a DNA test. According to Shari'a law, proof of rape calls for multiple eyewitnesses. According to the legislation, the rapist of a minor or disabled person would face life imprisonment or a death sentence.
After the bill against honour killing was passed, Pakistani Prime Minister
- "Pakistan adopts new law to tackle 'honour killings'" — , October 7, 2016
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