KARACHI: Police on Thursday said they had arrested six men suspected of strangling a couple to death in the latest so-called honour killings to hit the country, weeks after the government passed long-awaited legislation to combat the crime.
The victims had been married for a year and were living in Karachi’s eastern Malir district after the woman left her previous husband and fled her home in the city’s west.
A tribal ‘jirga’ or informal council which included her first husband and his relatives — sentenced the pair to death. Holding jirgas is illegal in Pakistan.
“They were strangled and buried in a graveyard by the jirga members,” Javed Akbar, a senior police officer told AFP, adding that the men were arrested on Tuesday.
Around a thousand Pakistan women fall victim to so-called honour killings each year in which the victim, normally a woman, is killed by a relative for bringing shame to the family.-AFP