Honor Killings: a Dishonor to Humanity

“Murder is a crime, regardless of any ‘honorable’ justification. It is a crime against women. It is a crime against humanity.”

The Harbinger

By Edysmar Diaz-Cruz

Those of us who’ve seen the show How to Get Away With Murder might enjoy the twists and turns of characters trying desperately to cover tracks that could lead to their place in prison. But the truth of the matter is, getting away with murder can be much simpler.

In Pakistan, punishment for murder can be evaded on the premise of forgiveness. Yes, you read it. Pakistani law allows families of victims to “forgive” a killing, meaning that if a man kills his daughter and is forgiven, he could live as a free man.

One would think that a family of a victim of murder would not want such a thing, but Pakistan’s long embedded social structure allows it.

This year, a powerful Oscar-nominated documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, tells the story of a 19-year-old Pakistani woman who survived her father…

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