Man arrested for slaying four daughters in "honour killings"
MULTAN, Pakistan, Monday (AFP) A man allegedly killed his four
daughters by slitting their throats while they slept in their home in
eastern Pakistan, after the eldest married a man of her choice, police
"The man came to a police station to court arrest after killing his
four daughters Saturday," senior police officer Mukhtar Iqbal Tikka told
Nazeer Ahmed, who worked as a labourer near Burewala, some 110
kilometres (68 miles) east of Multan, had resented his eldest daughter's
love marriage and killed the three others, fearing they might follow
her, Tikka said.
Ahmed apparently told police his eldest daughter Muqadas Bibi, 25,
had married a man of her choice against his wishes and her act had
tarnished the family's honour so he plotted to kill her and his other
daughters. While she was asleep with her sisters Bano Bibi, 12, Sumera
Bibi, 8, and Humera, 6, he allegedly cut their throats with a sharp
knife, Tikka said.
About 4,000 people, mostly women, have been killed in conservative
rural areas of Pakistan in recent years in the name of protecting family
Many others have been raped or burnt with acid under codes of tribal
justice. President Pervez Musharraf early this year signed into law a
bill introducing the death penalty for honour killings.