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Report: 'Honor killings' claimed 900 lives in Pakistan in 2011

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 22 March 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Report: 'Honor killings' claimed 900 lives in Pakistan in 2011, 22 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f717af7c.html [accessed 20 August 2014]
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March 22, 2012

At least 943 women and girls were murdered across Pakistan last year for allegedly defaming their family's honor, according to a report by the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

The figure includes the deaths of 93 minors and seven Christian and two Hindu women.

Most of the women killed were accused of having "illicit relations," some 200 of marrying without permission.

Most of the women were killed by their brothers or husbands.

Some victims were raped or gang-raped before being killed.

The HRCP reported 791 honor killings in 2010.

Despite the rising number of reported killings, the HRCP praised parliament for passing laws enhancing women's rights.

With AFP and dpa reporting

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