Robert Fisk: Pakistani women living in fear of honour killings
Published 08/09/2010 | 05:00
'SO FAR, I've lost eight women from my shelter," Hina Jilani says. "One went out for a job in town, got on a bus -- and was gunned down by her brother. Her name was Shagofta, she was in her late twenties.
She had already married the man she loved but the parents disapproved. Her brother got straight off the bus, went to the police station and gave himself up. But his father -- Shagofta's father -- 'forgave' him, so he was let off. And nothing happened."
Ms Jilani is a tough, brave lawyer with a harsh way of describing the 'honour killing' -- the murder -- of young women. She has to be tough, given the death threats she has received from Pakistan's Islamists. She speaks with contempt for the families who murder their women and with even more contempt for the police and the judges who allow the killers to go free. Pakistan has the grotesque reputation of being one of the leading 'honour-killing' countries in the world.