With the assistance of his brother, a man murdered his five months pregnant wife for ‘honor’, accusing her of infidelity, according to local police on Saturday.
A resident of Dandai area of Besham Tehsil of Shangla district, Minat Sajida was shot dead after she was accused by her husband of having extra-marital relations, based on statements made by the deceased woman’s brother.
Afzal Khan, Station House Officer (SHO) of Dandai police station, maintained that the victim’s brother claimed his sister had been married to Bajreen for 14 years and that they had four children. However, he added that Bajreen did not believe he was the father of the child she was expecting.
It was confirmed by the police officer that the woman was five months pregnant and was killed using a pistol. Both Bajreen and his brother have been missing since the murder.
“In the last eight months, three honour killing incidents occurred within the precincts of Dandai police station and most of the culprits were arrested and sent to prison,” the police official stated.
The murder follows only a week after popular social media starlet, Qandeel Baloch, was killed in Multan for ‘honor’, causing a spiraling storm across the country, leading to widespread condemnation of the so-called honor killings.
Female rights activists and politicians have demanded renewed efforts to stop the menace that has disturbed the country for years.
Two days ago, a committee comprising of lawmakers from both the lower and upper houses of parliament jointly approved two bills directed at tackling honor killings and boosting rape convictions.
A minister asserted that under the new law, relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer of capital punishment, but they would still have to serve a mandatory life sentence of twelve and a half years.