Man shoots dead sister for honour

Our Correspondent

A man shot dead his sister in the name of honour in the Sahiwal area of Sargodha, police said on Sunday.

Reportedly, a man, Nasir Malah, today killed his sister Samreen Bibi by opening fire on her, killing her on the spot in Mohalla Fatahabad, in the Sahiwal area of Sargodha. The deceased was the mother of two.

Accused Nasir came on his motorcycle and sped away after opening fire on Samreen. The body of the deceased was shifted to a hospital morgue for autopsy.

Police have registered a case against the accused. It is a terrible fact that honour killings in our part of the world are rampant.

Despite the opening of schools in far-flung areas and the increase in literacy rate, this unending trend of honour killings shows that there is no change in social attitudes in Pakistan which is reflected in incidents of honour killings reported in media.

And the actual situation is even worse as many deaths either go unreported or are closed without proper investigation.

If we look at the official figures, the Sindh Police in February this year in a study revealed that a total of 769 people, including 510 women, had been killed in the province during the past five years.

And most disturbing part is that the conviction rate stood at a mere two percent against the acquittal rate of 20.9 percent.

This pathetic conviction rate obviously encourages the family members to commit such heinous crimes, knowing that they would not face any consequences.

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