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Verdict Is In on Murder of 'Pakistan's Kim Kardashian'

Model Qandeel Baloch's brother is found guilty in apparent 'honor killing'

(Newser) - He was accused of strangling his own sister to death, a killing that led to calls of revenge from his father and spurred a renewed debate about "honor killings" in Pakistan. Now, a verdict: Reuters reports Muhammad Waseem was found guilty on Friday of murdering 26-year-old fashion model Qandeel... More »

Teens in Honor Killing Were Electrocuted: Authorities

The 15-year-old and 17-year-old had sought to elope

(Newser) - Authorities believe a teen couple murdered last month in Pakistan was killed by electrocution—an extremely rare method of death in so-called honor killings, the BBC reports. The bodies of a 15-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy were exhumed from a grave site in Karachi, and a postmortem examination was conducted... More »

12 Years After Honor Killing, Brothers Acquitted—Again

2005 murder of woman over her 'Western lifestyle' rattled Germany

(Newser) - Hatun Surucu was 23 when her life ended at a Berlin bus stop a dozen years ago, three bullets fired into her head. The German-born ethnic Kurd's killer, her youngest brother, Ayhan, was allegedly avenging the family's honor—Hatun Surucu had divorced the husband she'd been forced... More »

Mother Sentenced to Death in Daughter's Honor Killing

The Pakistani woman disapproved of the girl's choice of husband

(Newser) - A Pakistani mother who burned her daughter to death because she disapproved of the teen's marriage now faces death herself. A judge in eastern Lahore convicted Parveen Bibi of killing Zeenat Rafiq a week after the 18-year-old's unapproved marriage to her boyfriend, reports Reuters . Authorities say Bibi lured... More »

5 Girls Allegedly Killed for Clapping, Singing

Pakistan court orders investigation into alleged honor killings

(Newser) - The video shot in the remote Kohistan area of Pakistan and posted online in 2010 shows five girls clapping along to music while a boy dances nearby. Innocent as it may seem, authorities are now investigating anew whether it led to the murder of all those in the video for... More »

Pakistan Just Made Life Worse for 'Honor' Killers

Law passed for mandatory 25 years in prison

(Newser) - Pakistani lawmakers have passed a law that stiffens the penalty for convicted "honor" killers and closes a loophole that often allowed them to go free. The bill was passed Thursday after a raucous debate that lasted nearly four hours, the AP reports. The law gives a mandatory 25 years... More »

Ex Allegedly Confesses to 'Honor Killing' of British Woman

Samia Shahid was killed while visiting relatives in Pakistan last month

(Newser) - A British woman was murdered in an "honor killing" in Pakistan last month, and her ex-husband has confessed to the crime, police sources tell the Telegraph . Samia Shahid, 28, was visiting her relatives in northern Punjab when, those relatives say, she died of a heart attack. Her second husband... More »

Family Implodes After Son Kills Sister Model for Honor

Qandeel Baloch's sister, cousin have now been arrested; parents want revenge on son

(Newser) - It wasn't just controversial photos that led to Qandeel Baloch's murder . The mother of "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" claims her son killed her 26-year-old daughter only after he was taunted by friends. "They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor," she... More »

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

(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... More »

Pregnant Teen Reportedly Burned to Death for Dad's Misdeed

'Honor killing' said to be revenge after girl's father eloped with off-limits bride

(Newser) - After his young daughter had been married off, 45-year-old Mohammad Azam struck a deal with his new in-laws: He'd marry the cousin of his daughter's husband. But the marriage deal went sour and Azam's pregnant 14-year-old daughter, Zarah, ended up paying the price, tortured and burned to... More »

Pakistani Police Take 'Rare Step' in Case of Murdered Star

A prominent cleric also is being investigated in the killing

(Newser) - Pakistan's so-called blood-money laws won't help Waseem Azeem avoid punishment in the death of his sister, 26-year-old fashion model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. That's because police took the "rare step" of becoming the main complainant in the case, the Guardian reports. Under the "... More »

Brother Busted in Model's Honor Killing: 'No Regrets'

Pakistani admits strangling sister who posted controversial pictures on social media

(Newser) - The brother of the model dubbed "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" has admitted killing Qandeel Baloch for "honor," reports al Jazeera , and he doesn't exactly sound filled with remorse. "I have no regrets," Muhammad Wasim told a press conference Sunday, following his arrest. Wasim says... More »

After Daughter Elopes, Mother Burns Her to Death

Zeenat Rafiq was doused in kerosene and set on fire

(Newser) - A Punjabi mother in Lahore, Pakistan, was so enraged when her daughter married an ethnic Pashtun that she tricked her into returning home, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire, reports the Guardian . "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl... More »

Girl, 16, Killed by Village Elders After Helping Friend Elope

'An extreme act of barbarism'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl was brutally murdered by her village's elders for helping a friend elope last week in Pakistan, the Telegraph reports. A police officer says the village of Makol decided to end the practice of "love marriages," and—according to the Washington Post —the marriage... More »

Defiant Woman Turns Tables on Honor Killings

Kills her ex in Turkey after alleged abuse, becomes social media icon

(Newser) - It is, as the Daily Dot observes, a "twist on the concept of honor killings." In this case out of Turkey, a woman says she killed her abusive ex-husband because he planned to force her into prostitution. Now Cilem Dogan has become a cause célèbre in... More »

Pregnant Woman's Father to Die for Her 'Honor Killing'

Farzana Parveen's father, brother, cousins will appeal

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has sentenced a father, brother, and two cousins to death after they used stones and bricks to murder a pregnant relative who married without the family's consent. The decision came yesterday, months after Farzana Parveen 's "honor killing" outside a Lahore courthouse in May... More »

Newlyweds' Throats Slit in 'Honor Killing'

Another Pakistani woman killed for rejecting proposal

(Newser) - In the latest atrocity in the name of family "honor," a Pakistani couple were tied up and killed with butcher knives for marrying against the wishes of the bride's family. Muafia Bibi, 17, and her 30-year-old husband, Sajjad Ahmed, were killed in a village in Punjab province... More »

'Afghan Romeo' Freed From Jail, Returns to His Juliet

Charges dropped against Zakia and Mohammad Ali

(Newser) - An Afghan couple who married for love—and wound up getting arrested for it—reunited yesterday, after both were freed from custody, the New York Times reports. Mohammad Ali, 21, a Shiite Hazara, and Zakia, 18, a Sunni Tajik, eloped in March and went on the run from their families... More »

Woman Shot for Marrying for Love Survives

Pakistan teen was put in sack, thrown in canal

(Newser) - In what police in Pakistan describe as an "honor-related incident," an 18-year-old woman was shot twice and thrown in a canal by family members after marrying the man she loved. Police say that a few days after Saba Maqsood married a neighbor against her family's wishes, her... More »

Husband: Man Who Stoned Daughter OKed Marriage

Mohammad Iqbal says family got into money trouble

(Newser) - The husband of a Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family says police ignored pleas for help and stood by as his pregnant wife was murdered outside a courthouse in broad daylight. "We were shouting for help, but nobody listened," Mohammad Iqbal tells the BBC , describing... More »

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