Dec 29, 2005

Preemptive honor killings

Not content with killing his stepdaughter, who had been accused of adultery, Nazir Ahmed decided to go further and kill his three daughters--aged 8, 7 and 4--to prevent them from following in their sister's footsteps.
"I thought the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done, so they should be eliminated," he said, his hands cuffed, his face unshaven. "We are poor people and we have nothing else to protect but our honor."

Despite Ahmed's contention that Muqadas had committed adultery -- a claim made by her husband -- the rights commission reported that according to local people, Muqadas had fled her husband because he had abused her and forced her to work in a brick-making factory.

Via reader SMP.

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