last update: December 20, 12:15
Islamabad, 20 Dec. (AKI) – At least 675 Pakistani women and girls were murdered during the first nine months of the year in so-called honour killings, according to a news report, citing a senior official in the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Many of the victims were gang raped before being killed, the unnamed official said. At least 71 victims of the killings committed for allegedly defaming family honour were under 18 years old, the AFP news agency reported.
At least 19 were killed by their sons, 49 by their fathers and 169 by their husbands, AFP reported. Many of the victims were accused of having affairs or marrying without permission The Commission reported 791 honour killings in 2010 and there was no discernible decrease this year, the official added.