A Pakistani man has been arrested for killing his daughter and her husband because she married into a “less important tribe.”
Police say the 17-year-old victim and the 31-year-old man she married without their families’ consent were tied up and had their throats slit with a scythe by the girl’s family.
The family had lured the couple to their home by promising to give them their family blessing.
A police spokesperson said, “When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes. [The girl’s father] cut their throats.”
Police have arrested the family, who said they murdered the couple because their daughter’s husband, Muafia Hussein, comes from a “less important tribe.”
The Daily Mail reports that, “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 869 so-called ‘honor killings’ were reported in the media last year – several a day. But the true figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.”
The practice is considered “tradition” in tribal regions of Pakistan.
Earlier this month, a 19-year-old girl and her husband appealed to the police for protection after her family denounced her marriage. Instead, her family came to her husband’s home and took their daughter, “swearing on the Koran they would not harm her and would hold a proper wedding ceremony.”
The couple’s lawyer, Zia Kiyyani, said, “During this the girl shouted, cried, and mourned for her life and her husband’s life because she knew that they will kill them both.”
Kiyyani says the girl was shot by one of her relatives. Because families can forgive the killer in an honor killing, the girl’s father lodged a criminal complaint with the intention of forgiving the killer.
“That will end the case,” Kiyyani said.