Monday 20 November 2017

Pakistani girls shot dead for dancing on video

Rob Crilly Islamabad

Two teenage girls have been shot dead in an apparent honour killing in Pakistan after a video was circulated showing them dancing in the rain.

The girls, aged 15 and 16, are seen running around wearing traditional dress, covered in headscarves, outside their stone bungalow in the town of Chilas, in the far north of the country.

Local media named them as Noor Basra and Noor Sheza, the daughters of a retired police officer. According to 'Dawn' newspaper, five masked men barged into their house and opened fire last Sunday. Their mother was also killed.

The report said police believed that the crime was motivated by a video clip circulated on mobile phones. The short film, shot six months ago, shows the girls smiling and laughing as they run around, breaking into a dance.

An initial investigation, quoted by 'Dawn', suggested that the girls' stepbrother, named as Khutore, considered the video an "assault on the honour of his family" and carried out the attack.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani girl who was falsely accused of burning a religious text has fled to Canada, according to her supporters. Rimsha Masih, a Christian believed to be 14, was jailed for several weeks last year after witnesses claimed she had set fire to an Islamic book.

The blasphemy case was dropped when it emerged that she had been framed. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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