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On Friday, local officials in northern Kunduz province said a 10-year-old girl was raped by a mullah in a garden in the capital of the province two days ago.

The girl has been taken to a hospital in Kunduz city and mullah Aminullah was arrested.

The victim’s family sent her to learn how to read and recite the Quran from Mullah Aminullah.

The girl was weeping while explaining how it unfolded.

“[He] forcefully took me outside of the mosque and tied my hands, legs and mouth,” she cried. “I was yelling ‘be afraid of God,’ he continued to rape me.”

As she was crying reliving the rape, she said that at the end of the incident mullah Aminullah threatened her saying, “if you tell your family about this, I will kill them.”

The victim’s mother said she sent her daughter to the mosque to receive a religious study. She added that mullah Aminullah arrived to their village two months ago.

Officials at the governmental hospital in Kunduz confirmed that the girl was raped.

The tragic incident has followed major condemnations; Kunduz Provincial Women Affairs Department head, Nadira Giya, has asked the legal and judicial branches to severely punish the rapist.

“Those who were involved in this should be punished to serve as a lesson for others,” Giya said.

Just last week, a man named Sayed Ahmad had his ears and nose cut off by relatives in northern Baghlan province after he reportedly raped his young female cousin.

Ahmad’s aunt said that he raped her daughter three months ago. She said her and her husband were the ones who severed his ears and nose as punishment. They have both been taken into custody by provincial police.

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.

But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.

This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.



Pakistani police denied negligence on Saturday over their failure to stop the bludgeoning to death of a woman outside a courthouse, describing it as a simple murder case despite a chorus of global condemnation.

Farzana Parveen died after she was set upon by more than two dozen attackers armed with bricks outside Lahore’s High Court on Tuesday, including numerous relatives, for marrying against her family’s wishes.

Police were present at the scene but did not stop the mob killing Parveen, who was three months pregnant.

Parveen’s father Mohammad Azeem was detained at the scene of the attack. Four others, including an uncle, two of her cousins, and a driver were arrested late Thursday.

Senior officer Zulfiqar Hameed defended his men’s actions, saying one had snatched a gun from an attacker, but claimed the mob was too large for police to stop the killing. He also blamed foreign media for their “inaccurate” description of events.

“It is a routine murder case like other murder cases and has to be seen in the context of Pakistani society,” Hameed told AFP.

“The foreign media is wrongly describing it as stoning without seeing the background of the two families, which is not good and which resulted in this incident,” he added.

Hameed also claimed Parveen’s husband Mohammad Iqbal had absconded from justice for four years after murdering his wife, and alleged that Parveen eloped with him despite already being married.

Iqbal — who Thursday admitted he had strangled his first wife out of love for Parveen — had told AFP he wanted to see her attackers “killed with bricks”.

He was spared jail for his first wife’s murder because his sons persuaded her family to pardon him under Pakistan’s blood-money laws.

These allow a victim’s family to forgive the murderer, which makes prosecuting so-called “honour” cases difficult as the killer is usually a relative.

– ‘Abduction’ allegation against husband –

In a further complication to the case, defence lawyer Mansoor Khan Afridi on Saturday claimed Iqbal had abducted Parveen two years ago, when she was already married to her cousin Mazhar Iqbal.

“Mohammad Iqbal developed illicit relations with Farzana and used to visit her when her husband Mazhar Iqbal was not at home,” Afridi said. “Later Iqbal kidnapped her.”

The lawyer claimed Mohammad Iqbal then obtained another marriage certificate, a crime if Parveen was already married to another man, he said.

Afridi said that cases of abduction and unlawful marriage had already been registered with police.

A Pakistani court extended the custody of Parveen’s father on Saturday, giving police seven more days to investigate the crime, senior police official Omer Riaz Cheema told AFP.

Parveen was at court to testify in Iqbal’s defence when she was killed, after he was accused by her relatives of kidnapping her and forcing her into marriage.

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year in the name of defending family “honour”.

But the brazen, brutal nature of Parveen’s killing, in broad daylight in the centre of Pakistan’s second largest city, has triggered outrage around the world.

Officers made the later arrests after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded immediate action on the case.

Last year, 869 women died in so-called “honour killings”, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.


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LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) – A young couple in Pakistan were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love, police said Saturday.

The 17-year-old girl and 31-year-old man married on June 18 without the consent of their families in eastern Pakistan’s Punjabi village of Satrah, police said.

The girl’s mother and father lured the couple home late on Thursday with the promise that their marriage would receive a family blessing, said local police official Rana Zashid.

“When the couple reached there, they tied them with ropes,” he said. “He (the girl’s father) cut their throats.”

Police arrested the family, who said they had been embarrassed by the marriage of their daughter, named Muafia Hussein, to a man from a less important tribe.

Cultural traditions in many areas of Pakistan mean that killing a woman whose behavior is seen as immodest is widely accepted.

Immodest behavior that sparked recent killings included singing, looking out of the window or talking to a man who is not a relative. For a woman to marry a man of her own choice is considered an unacceptable insult by many families.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said 869 so-called “honor killings” were reported in the media last year – several a day. But the true figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.

The weak Pakistani government, battling with a troubled economy and a Taliban insurgency, does not collect centralized statistics and has no strategy to combat the killings.

Pakistani law means that even if a woman’s killer is convicted, her family are able to forgive the killer.

Many families simply nominate a member to do the killing, then formally forgive the killer.

That’s what happened earlier this week, a lawyer said, when a tribal council in central Pakistan’s Muzaffargarh district sentenced another young couple to death for marrying for love.

The couple’s lawyer, Zia Kiyyani, said the two had appealed for police protection after their marriage on June 21, but had not received any.

The 19-year-old girl’s family came to take her from her husband’s family, swearing on the Koran that they would not harm her and would hold a proper wedding ceremony, he said.

“During this the girl shouted, cried and mourned for her life and her husband’s life because she knew that they will kill both of them,” he said.

The girl, named Mehreen Bibi, was shot by a member of her family when she returned home, police said. Her husband went into hiding and her father registered the murder complaint so he could forgive the killer, Kiyyani said.

“That will end the case,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Asim Tanveer in Multan; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Matt Driskill)

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The postmortem of a Pakistani woman killed for marrying the man she loved has established that she was five months pregnant, her stepson told Reuters on Wednesday.

Farzana Iqbal, 25, was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts in the city of Lahore on Tuesday in a so-called “honor” killing.

“Her baby died in her womb,” said Muhammad Aurangzeb, a son of her previous husband.

Honor killings are common in Pakistan, where women are often denied their basic rights. But the brutality of this case caused outrage around the world.

Many Pakistani families think it dishonorable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband.

Police said her father, two brothers and a former fiance were among the attackers. She suffered severe head injuries when they surrounded her and threw bricks at her, and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Although she was pregnant, police only registered the case as one of a single murder, Aurangzeb said. Police were not available for comment. All the suspects except her father escaped.

Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, police said. Her family had registered a kidnapping case against him and she had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will.

She was buried in her village near the city of Faisalabad.


U. N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in Geneva she was deeply shocked by the case.

“I do not even wish to use the phrase ‘honor killing’: there is not the faintest vestige of honor in killing a woman in this way,” Pillay said in a statement.

“The fact that she was killed on her way to court shows a serious failure by the State to provide security for someone who – given how common such killings are in Pakistan – was obviously at risk.”

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 869 women were murdered in “honor killings” in the country last year, but the real figure could be higher, the statement said.

“People who carry out ‘honor crimes’ are rarely prosecuted, and even when they are, they often receive absurdly light sentences, considering they have committed pre-meditated murder,” Pillay said.

“This is unacceptable, and it is clearly both the State’s and the judiciary’s responsibility to work seriously to deter such crimes, and ensure that people who commit them are brought to justice.”

The U. N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has criticized Pakistan for giving legal concessions, light sentences or pardons for people guilty of honor killings.

“Such provisions are particularly pernicious when members of the same family that conducted the killing are given the right to pardon the killers,” Pillay said.

(Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari; Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)


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Lahore: A teenage girl has died in Pakistan after being doused in petrol and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected.

It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, after a 17-year-old girl and her husband were murdered by a group of relatives for marrying against their wishes.

The latest incident took place on Saturday in a village which is part of Toba Tek Singh town.

Sidra Shaukat, 18, was at home without her parents when 22-year-old Fayyaz Aslam entered her house, doused her with petrol and set her alight, Mohammad Akram, a police official said.

“She was taken to a local hospital which referred her to the main hospital but she died before reaching there,” Mr Akram said.

Mr Aslam has been arrested and a case registered against him.

“The boy loved her and had also sent a proposal to marry her, but that was rejected by her family,” Mr Akram said.

The woman’s father, Shaukat Ali, confirmed the killing and accused Mr Aslam of harassing his daughter.

“He used to harass my daughter – yesterday he came in the afternoon and threatened dire consequences after we asked him to avoid coming again,” Mr Ali said.

Another teenager, Maafia Bibi, 17, and her 31-year-old husband Muhammad Sajjad were murdered by Bibi’s father, her two uncles, grandfather and mother on Thursday night for marrying against their wishes in Daska town.



Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi

Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

An Indian dentist couple were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for slitting the throats of their teenage daughter and servant in a case that transfixed the nation, a lawyer said.

Guilty- Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur

A judge handed the sentence to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were earlier convicted of murdering Aarushi, 14, and Nepalese servant Hemraj Banjade at their home in an affluent New Delhi suburb in 2008.

“It’s life,” independent lawyer Naresh Yadav told a scrum of reporters outside the court in Ghaziabad, a satellite city just outside the capital.



A Sydney student has been found guilty of murdering his mother’s lover in what has been described as an honour killing.

In a unanimous decision this morning after a week of deliberations, a jury convicted Andrew Iskandar, 21, but found him not guilty to a charge of soliciting a prisoner to murder a key witness in the trial.

Iskandar had denied murdering Mohd Shah Saemin, 43, outside his flat at Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, about midnight on February 21 last year.

Andrew Iskandar's mother,  Nita Iskandar, has denied being an accessory by helping her son leave the country following the murder of Mohd Saemin, inset.

Andrew Iskandar’s mother, Nita Iskandar, has denied being an accessory by helping her son exit the country following the murder of Mohd Saemin, inset. Photo: Domino Postiglione

The trial was told how the victim, a driver for the Malaysian consulate, was bashed repeatedly with a hammer “like a piece of meat”.

Iskandar set out to murder Mr Saemin after his mother, Nita Iskandar, began an affair with him, which became a talking point within Sydney’s Indonesian community.

Iskandar told the NSW Supreme Court jury he used a hammer in self-defence after Mr Saemin attacked him and his father. He denied planning the killing or knowing beforehand about his mother’s affair with Mr Saemin.

The jury has not yet reached a verdict on Nita Iskandar.

She is accused of being an accessory after the fact, allegedly helping her son flee to Singapore after the murder.

The jury were instructed by Judge David Davies to continue deliberations.

Sentencing submissions for Andrew Iskandar will be heard on February 2.


Accused … Mohammad Shafia, left, with his son Hamed, in the dark blue shirt, and Mohammed Shafia’s second wife Tooba Mahommad Yahya. Photo: AP

A father aadmitted to the “honour killings” of four family members – including his three teenage daughters – was recorded on police wiretaps saying he was “happy” they were dead and that he would “do the same again”, a Canadian court has heard.

Mohammad Shafia, 58, his second wife Tooba Mahommad Yahya, 41, and their son Hamed, 20, are on trial for the first-degree murder of Zainab Shafia, 19, Sahar Shafia, 17, Geeti Shafia, 13, and his first wife Rona Amir Mohammad, 50, in 2009.

Prosecutors told the Ontario court their deaths were “honour killings” committed to remove the perceived shame the women brought on their family, such as by having boyfriends.

Zainab Shafia ... dead at 19.
Zainab Shafia … dead at 19.


They were arrested after a car was discovered submerged in a canal lock near Kingston in June 2009, with the bodies of the four family members in it. A post-mortem examination indicated they died of drowning.

The Shafia family previously lived in Australia, Pakistan and Dubai before moving to Ontario in 2007.

‘Do the same again’

Dead ... Geeti Shafia.
Dead … Geeti Shafia.


“I say to myself, ‘You did well.’ Would they come back to life a hundred times for you to do the same again?” Mohammad Shafia was recorded as saying to Yahya after she appeared to express some remorse about the deaths of the two younger girls a few days after they drowned.

“No, Tooba, they were treacherous,” he said, the Vancouver Sun reported.

“They were treacherous. They betrayed both themselves and us. Like this woman standing on the side of the road and if you stop the car, she would go with you anywhere. … They’re gone now; shit on their graves.”

First wife ... Rona Amir Mohammad.
First wife … Rona Amir Mohammad.


He added the next day: “I am happy and my conscience is clear. … They haven’t done good and God punished them,” the Montreal Gazette reported.

In other recordings, Mohammad Shafia told Yahya and Hamed to remain strong and that “there is nothing more valuable than our honour”, the Gazette said.

“I am telling your mother that be like a man as you have always been. I know it hurts … don’t worry at all, don’t regret,” he said, adding, “there is no value of life without honour”.


The court heard that Mohammad Shafia married Yahya as Rona Amir Mohammad was unable to bear children. The trio lived in a polygamous relationship,

The Canadian Press reported.

The court also heard the eldest daughter, Zainab, had ran away from home for a few weeks and the two other girls contacted officials appealing to be removed from their home because of domestic violence.

Face life in prison

If convicted, the trio face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Canada has seen 13 such similar killings since 2002 according to Amin Muhammed, a psychiatry professor at Memorial University in Saint John’s, Newfoundland.

On the morning of the deaths, a car was discovered submerged underwater at the upper lock at Kingston Mills with the four bodies inside.

The accused immediately went to police to report them missing and said the family stopped at a Kingston motel late at night to rest on their way home to Montreal from a vacation in Niagara Falls.

Shafia told authorities his eldest daughter Zainab must have taken the car without his permission and crashed it into the canal, but an investigation would later reveal he told witnesses he planned to kill her.

Prosecutors said according to mobile phone records, his son Hamed appeared to scope out the Kingston area days before the family arrived.

They also say he researched bodies of water in the Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston areas in the days leading up to the deaths.

The youngest was killed for wearing revealing attire, despite having warned school officials and police of abuse in the home, Prosecutor Laurie Lacelle told the court.

The trial, which started late last month, was expected to last up to three months, with dozens of witnesses scheduled to be called to testify. and AFP

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