ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed a private member bill [the Anti-honour Killings Laws (Criminal Las Amendment) Bill, 2014] unanimously aimed at addressing loopholes and lacunae in the existing law to prevent honour killings in the country.
Syeda Sughra Imam of Pakistan People Party piloted the bill in the House.
The bill sailed smoothly through the Senate having no opposition from the treasury benches.
Giving the statement of objects and reasons of the bill, she said honour killing are common throughout Pakistan, claiming the lives of hundred of victims every year.
According to Aurat Foundation’s statistics, 432 women were reportedly killed in the name of honour in Pakistan in 2012, 705 in 2011, 557 in 2010, 604 in 2009 and 475 in 2008.
These figures do not include unreported cases or, indeed, the number of men who are often killed alongside women in the name of honour.
Addressing the loopholes and lacunae in the existing laws is essential in order to prevent these crimes from being repeatedly committed.
Amendments in sections 309,310, 311, 338E and 345 were made besides in Schedule II, Act V of 1898.