Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pakistani Muslim Sets Wife on Fire in "Honor Killing"

Many women in Pakistan do not have the freedom to openly challenge and criticize honor killings. Hence, the task of calling for the protection of Muslim women falls to Westerners. Yet Westerners who call for an open, honest discussion of honor killings are labeled "Islamophobes" and "bigots." How will there ever come a time when Pakistani women will be safe from their own families if we allow fear to silence us?
AFP—A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country's latest so-called "honour killing" after they set the son's wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday.

Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited her sister without first asking him if she could go out, her brother Muhammad Azam said.

Siddique and his father then beat Bibi before dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire in Central Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district on Friday, Azam said.

Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered repeated domestic abuse for the couple's inability to have children, Azam said.

Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday. (Continue Reading.)

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