No Honor in Killing

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Honor Killing in Pakistan has become a trend in the lower illiterate class. Whenever they want to murder someone be it among their family members or peers they affiliate the term of Honor Killing with that murder or they say that we killed her because she was bringing disgrace to our family. Is it only a female who brings disgrace to the family? Is it not a disgrace when a man kills his sister/daughter/mother in the name of Honor ?

Honor killing it is just an illusion created before and after the murder. A man who kills the other in the name of honor believes that people might think that he killed his sister or daughter or somebody for the betterment of the society, though this is not the case.

Many think that Islam provokes one to kill in the name of honor but not even Islam supports the killing of a human for any cause, Quran says,

 “Nor take life — which Allah has made sacred. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, we have given his heir authority (to demand retaliation or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life, for he is helped (by the Law).”- [Quran 17:33]

The recent incident of Honor Killing of the Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch has actually made people who keep awareness of who she was and what she was famous for, support her not during her life but after her outrageous killing. People know no matter what one does nobody has the right to take one’s life away, no matter what! No brother can kill his sister irrespective of what reason he has. If Honor Killing continues to take place in Pakistan, I am afraid that women will start killing men in the name of honor as women tend to keep it hidden, what a man does. If a man’s life is shown publicly there are more chances that they get killed in the name of honor.

Honor killing is not something new that is happening in Pakistan but the voices are being raised after the killing of Ms. Baloch. If these voices would have risen earlier then there were possibilities that we could have saved her from the killing. The question is not about who was killed it is actually about why is somebody even killed in the name of honor? Who decides if one is actually bringing disgrace to the family?

Honor Killing can be stopped if the killers are punished in a manner that they become a symbol of pain for the others. They shall be given a dreadful death under law, so that nobody after that person thinks of killing the other in the name of honor.

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