Wednesday, September 6, 2023

What are the legal consequences for those who commit honor killings in Pakistan

 Under the new law passed in 2016 in Pakistan, perpetrators of honor killings can no longer walk free even if pardoned by the victim's family. The law guarantees mandatory prison sentences of 25 years and strips families of the right to legally pardon the perpetrators of honor killings

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 The culprits are then free from prosecution and sentencing. So-called honor killings are ubiquitous in several parts of South Asia and other corners of the world. It is difficult to determine exactly how many women fall victim to killings justified as the defense of family “honor,” but the number runs into the thousands
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 The passage of the 2016 bill has not made honor crimes go away in Pakistan, and the majority are against women perceived to have brought shame on their families
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 Therefore, the legal consequences for those who commit honor killings in Pakistan are mandatory prison sentences of 25 years, and they cannot be pardoned by the victim's family.

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