Newlyweds decapitated by bride’s family in ‘honor killing’

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A young newlywed couple in northeastern Pakistan died a horrible death at the hands of the bride’s family in the latest honor killing in the nation, police in Pakistan said Saturday.

The couple, identified as Sajjad Ahmed, 26, and Muawia Bibi, 18, were married by a Pakistani court on June 18 against the wishes of the Bibi family, Punjab police official Mohammad Ahsanullah told CNN.

On Thursday, the bride’s father and uncles lured the couple back to the village of Satrah in Punjab province, where Ahsanullah said the pair were tied up and then decapitated.

Despite the fact that there were no outside witnesses, family members turned themselves in to police and are now jailed in the Sialkot district of Punjab, Ahsanulluh said.

Such killings often originate from tribal traditions in Pakistan and usually happen in rural areas. Human rights activists said bystanders, including police, don’t often interfere because the killings are considered to be family matters.

According to the United Nations, some 5,000 women are murdered by family members in honor killings every year. However, women’s advocacy groups believe the crime is underreported and that the actual death toll from this all too common crime is actually much higher. In Pakistan, 869 women were victims of honor killings last year, according to the country’s human rights commission.

Earlier in June, 18-year-old Saba Masqood was found left for dead inside of a sack in a canal in Pakistan, injured by gunfire. She accused her brother and father of shooting her because they didn’t approve of her marriage to a neighbor. She survived, but many aren’t so lucky.

Last month, the death of a pregnant Pakistani woman made headlines around the world. Farzana Parveen, 25, was attacked with bricks by about 20 people, including members of her immediate family, police said. And her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, told CNN that he had killed his first wife six years ago so he could marry Parveen.

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6 comments

    • FaithC

      This has nothing to do with the religion. It has to do with the culture in that country. Educate yourself, because I am sure you have never studied world religion.

  • Conan

    Tell me Faithc, where did they get the idea of cutting their heads off? That’s been tribal rule for hundreds of years? Help me out here.

  • Cattt

    No; please educate yourself. Honor killings happen in places as widespread as Chechnya, Jordan, and Pakistan: countries that in no way share a culture or language or history except in ONE way: they adhere to the 7th century Arab ideas promulgated by Islam. Let’s see: the male is the head of the family; he is dishonored if a female relative steps out of line; females must be sexually controlled to the Nth degree, and violncr against the family is a patriarch’s prerogative. The vast majority of Muslim families run on these precepts, and the vast majority of Muslim countries have laws that promote and enable them. How do I know? I am from a Muslim family; my kids went to a Muslim school here in middle America, and yep, I have heard all the dumb “it’s not OUR fault” BS from head-in-the-sand Muslims and the ridiculous well-meaning liberals who pat them on the heads. Meanwhile, women are getting beaten and murdered. Enjoy your superiority while they suffer.

  • Dafuq I jus read?

    Faithc is uneducated and misguided in her belief that Islam is a religion of peace…probably voted for Obama twice as well.

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