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Honor Killing: An issue unresolved

Don’t be afraid of the state of ignorance, but be afraid of the state of cruelty

-Hazrat Ali

Islam is a religion that serves as a lighted torch for all mankind. It covers each and every aspect of life under the light of its perpetually modern teachings. In every minute of every day of every year of every era, its teachings are present to provide guidelines and prevent humanity from falling into chaos, and doing what they think is right.

Majority of the people in Pakistan are Muslims under the record. However, the true understanding of Islam and practicing its teachings properly is still a long way to go. Even the term of humanity never stands close to what is being observed in Pakistan.

One of the main issues with our people is that in the name of religion or social disposition, they perform acts and rituals that stand nowhere to what we call ‘being human’. To add fuel to the fire, they manage to justify themselves and their peers or the society in general too. They win the battle that shouldn’t happen in the first place. One of these issues is under the name of ‘Honor Killing’.

Locally referred to as ‘Karo Kari’ in Sindhi language, honor killing has emerged over the years as a hidden and heinous act performed by individuals in the name of their honor or ‘izzat’ by killing a girl or a woman because of the accusation of sexual infidelity, refusal of having an arranged marriage, doing a disgraceful act, or whatever reason they can sort out. Honor killing is common in backward and illiterate families of Sindh and some areas of Punjab.

Honor Killing has sunk it’s roots deep within our whole society. Some may say that I am supporting Qandeel Baloch over her unjust killing, but actually the picture is much bigger than that. The real question is about the hundreds of girls and women who are killed under this curse. Many are burnt, molested, cut to pieces, stoned to death or have to suffer from acid attacks, just for the protection of someone’s respect and/or just because they married someone of their own choice.

One problem with the apparently, “religiously enlightened people” is that they follow a specific rule, which is, performing a task through the most easiest way they can. They never bother to get into the depth of when and under what circumstances a religious order must be applicable. They like to manipulate and mold a teaching into their favor, ignoring the consequences completely.

Same goes with honor killing. If simply explained, adultery under some circumstances, makes a killing of a person permissible (according to a teaching I have read somewhere) but the conditions of witnesses and an honorable judge to take the decision are utterly important as before that everyone is innocent until he or she is proven guilty. However, people here love to nose into the personal affairs of others and judge themselves whether a person is guilty or innocent .

I won’t get into much complex nitty-gritty but I would love to ask a question. If they are really frustrated with the actions of their daughters or sisters to a massive extent, then why didn’t they train and groom them in a proper and suitable manner? What compelled her to do such a forbidden act, as they say? Is taking your own decisions in life forbidden? Is marrying a person of your own choice forbidden? Wasn’t she the responsibility of her family? These are some questions whose answers are yet untold.

I have never been in the favour of women performing socially unacceptable and vulgar acts under the title of “Women Empowerment”, but is blaming them with false accusations for personal benefits acceptable? Never! If a man is so much enraged and kills a woman over her “Beghairti”, then what about the unpardonable and shameful acts performed by him? Isn’t he accountable for all the atrocious acts he has ever committed ? Shouldn’t he be killed too?

Islam is a religion that offers equality to every human being and the point that should be understood is that using Islam for one’s own purpose should never be acceptable.

In Pakistan, although there are ordinances and bills passed against this act and many important personalities do enforce the eradication of this act from the society, but a practical effect on a larger scale is yet to be observed. Hopefully, one day women in Pakistan will not be wasted like cattle over a mere accusation without proof. They will be valued, both by people and the government.

Conclusion
People make mistakes. Both men and women commit mistakes. But rectifying them is necessary and that is what actually counts .

Still, there are strong hearts with a strong will to remove such stigmas from our society.

I am not a feminist. I am a human being who supports human rights and I am ready to fight for them.

  • i have to admit, i was quite agreeing with the points on the essay, till i got to the last point?

    “I am not a feminist. I am a human being who supports human rights and I am ready to fight for them.”
    um say what? i- i don’t see any difference between these two things?

    now the dictionary /definition/ states: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men is feminism”
    Now the more iconic speech by Adichie states :” a feminist is a man or woman who admits and says, yes there is problem with gender, an we must fix it.”
    I must give you the link of her famous TED-Ex talk, in 2013 Houston, Texas- the speech delivered is beautifully expressed feelings coming from a black woman, which couldn’t make me any more prouder:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc

    idk if u like listening to long debates and speeches, but i truly recommend listening to her, especially 11:25 and 28:00
    don’t be ashamed of the word feminist, rather reclaim it!

    • daniyalahmedkhan

      Well I really appreciate your point of view but I actually wanted the people to infer that I am not taking side of any specific gender and I am speaking about ‘human’ rights and their importance . Actually you’re right, the term feminist goes absolutely well with the whole article I’ve written but at the same time many people think of it as a bit rational and biased term (which I honestly don’t). So it was a counter balancing strategy. Thanks for giving your views and the links. Stay tuned!