Despite of the laws created for honour killing, honour killing is still taking place in our country. A young woman and her 10-year-old sister were murdered by their father in Pakistan in a so called ‘honour killing’, Abdul Gani said he killed his daughters because he was “ashamed at their conduct as they used to leave the house at all hours,”
In a society where men consider women as their property and expect them to obey the unconditional restrictions, seeing such a tremendous growth in the ratio of honour killing shouldn’t be something unusual. A women being killed for simply forbidding the typical customs and giving up on the mindsets created by our so called Muslim-orientated society where honour is just being used as a tool to murder a woman when she dares to make choices in her life and spend her life according to her own will. Pakistani women are burdened with several social norms and restricted opportunities, violence is the only way the family seeks to control them. This makes Pakistan one of the worst countries in the world for women to survive.
According to a Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Pakistan ranks 143 out of 144 countries on the gender inequality index. In a recent report by HRCP (human right commission of Pakistan) it is shown that in last 3 years around 23,000 women have been killed in the name of honour. Honour killing is on rise. Steps by the government of Pakistan has also be taken on this issue last year in October after the incident of model Qandeel Baloch, government passed a law against honour killing where the killer have to face 25years of imprisonment. Even after this law was being passed many such incidents took place and that’s only because no proper check was kept on the implementation of this law and no proper punishment is given till now which can set an example to avoid these incidents in future.
We see Male dominance the only issue that’s promoting honour killing to such a level? Where each year we see thousands of such cases, some are reported while majority of them are claimed to be suicides.
When we talk about empowering women we often talk about the rights and the level of freedom they should be given in our society, while we completely ignore
The attitudes and the beliefs which are embedded in our society which is the major source of disempowerment of women. These are the beliefs that generate such incidents of honour killing. It’s our beliefs that influences our actions so what really needs to be focused is to change the mindset of our society through a balanced and progressive structure where a change in education and law implementation should be the most important and the first step that should be taken. As per law is considered, no matter how many bills and laws we pass until and unless they aren’t implemented and no examples are set they are of no use.
Moreover our Mainstream media can play a vital role in resolving this issue through condemning the act of honour killing and involving opinion leaders in this issue, as our society is highly influenced by them, Opinion leaders should be from every sect including Molvis with the right knowledge of Islam. Changing the mindsets of the Extremists all around Pakistan is the first step towards bringing this issues to an end.
Nothing except our beliefs and mindset can change our society. Only if once we understands that there’s no honour in honour killing, it’s an unjustified murder.