Pakistani Man Mutilated, Murdered in 'Honor Killing'

Allah Ditta had his lips, nose, and arms cut off by attackers because he was having an affair
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2016 6:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – In an incident as relatively rare as it is relentlessly horrific, a 24-year-old man is dead following an "honor killing" Tuesday in Pakistan, CNN reports. Married man Allah Ditta was having an affair with a married woman. According to Daily Pakistan, the unnamed woman had previously tried to elope with Ditta, but village elders forced her back to her husband. Ditta was on his way to see the woman when he was attacked by five men. Police say the men stabbed Ditta multiple times, cut off his lips, nose, and arms, and took the pieces with them. Ditta died hours later at the hospital. Police believe two of the attackers were relatives of the woman, and raids were undertaken to apprehend them, Pakistan Today reports.

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Honor killings are a terrifying reality for young Pakistani women accused of disgracing their family, but it's rare for men to be targeted. The Human Rights Commission found that 115 men and 605 women were the victims of honor killings in 2011. This year, there've been more than 1,000 honor killings; only 88 victims were men. Ditta's death came just days after 25-year-old Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was allegedly strangled by her brother because she didn't "stay home and follow traditions." (Read more honor killings stories.)

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