3 women in family killed for ‘honor’ in Pakistan

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NEW DELHI: Three young women of the same family were shot dead on Wednesday by male relatives who suspected them of having relations with men. According to police, Zahara, Farzana and her stepmother Nasreen—residents of Chak 92 Rb in Faisalabad district—were found dead by residents after they heard gunshots in the morning. Three men had fled the scene before the neighbors arrived. According to local residents, the husband was not happy with his wife and daughter. Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan in 2015 by their relatives, who believed they had dishonored their families, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said in a report released in April. In its annual report, the commission said 900 more women suffered sexual violence and nearly 800 took, or tried to take, their own lives. In 2014 about 1,000 women died in honor-related attacks and 869 in 2013.

TNS

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