Honor killing in Pakistan: Man kills wife and 2.5-year-old son

Woman and son
ages: -, 2.5 years old
Beaten to death: June 2023
Residence: Bhera area, Sargodha
Origin: Pakistan
Children: 1
Perpetrator: her husband
In the Bhera area in Sargodha, Pakistan, a man murdered his wife and two-and-a-half-year-old son. According to police, the man beat them to death with a stick and then hid the bodies.

Police arrested the man. During the investigation, he stated that he had doubts about his wife's character.

This double murder illustrates the harrowing reality in which some women are trapped in Pakistan.

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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