Tom Robbins says, “There are many things worth living for a few things worth dying for and nothing worth killing for.
Once, Lord Willington asked a stranger, “Can a magician kill a man by magic?” The stranger replied, “A magician might do I suppose but an honorable not.’
Honor killing a vile handiwork of homicide, is denigrating our societal scenario exposing our social and cultural disorder before the international platform. The sleazy and ignoble doing of Shame-killing disparages our society as a paragon of gender discrimination, arbitrary domestic violence, ignorance and less socio-political association.
How trashy it is to deprive someone of his own life! Dominantly, the victim is a female member in our society who is being “Compensated” for the ‘Loss of honor.” The dominant male gender snatches away the right to live of his female fellow.
Joan Baez narrates, ‘If it’s natural to kill, how come men have to go into training to learn how?” it happens in our society.
Qandeel Baloch – A famous model – was assassinated by her own brother as a compensation of his so-called “Lost honor.”
Ayman Udas – a Pashtoon singer – was killed by two brothers in Peshawar of her for being married without their consent.
Samia Sarwar – a British citizen was killed in Lahore on 27 may 2014.
Farzana Iqbal was stoned to death.
In 2008, 3 girls were buried alive.
Tasleem Khatun Slangi – a girl from khairpur was punished by her tribe.
Is anyone has privilege to dictate other’s consent? Is anyone so prestigious that he can make himself as law-originate? Is anyone has a ‘divine license” to kill someone? The answer is No! No! No!
Quran says, “All men are created equal. (Khutba Hajjatul Wida). Once women asked holy Prophet (SAWW) that her father has married her without her consent and she wasn’t willing to go on. Holy Prophet (SAWW) replied, “I end this Nikah (Jamey-al-Tirmizi)
Holy Prophet says that the Muslim is one who keeps safe his fellow from his hand and tongue. Further he said that blood of Muslim is ‘Haraam” on his fellow.
So, our religion doesn’t grant anyone a license to kill anyone.
Law-conforcement agencies should judge it. Our too-weak judicial system doesn’t have an apparent immunity to address the problem. We are so unlucky that our Ex-president Parvaiz Musharaf said in America that every Pakistani woman wants to be “Mukhtaraan Maai” to get Canadian Nationality.
In backward areas of Sind, Baluchistan, FATA and KPK, a sleazy doing of honor killing naming “Kaaro-Kaari” is done. It is understood as a taboo originated from our cultural norms. But can norms allow the people to deprive someone of his life? Can norms allow someone to have arms? But claimants say that their cultural taboos are granting immunity of honor killing. They don’t know that culture is made up of our happenings and norms should be ethical. But if “Norms” allow this “arm-ament” they should be said ‘no! These norms should be subjected to technological modification otherwise always should be said No! No! No!
University of the Punjab Lahore