How would you feel if a woman living happily today would be killed tomorrow how would you feel if you’ll find out that she was killed by a member of her family. How would you feel seeing a young girl burnt alive, tortured and strangled to death? You’ll feel miserable and her thoughts will haunt you for years.
Now imagine yourself doing the same with your daughter or sister or cousin or wife. Would it make you feel more honourable or you will feel disgusted by yourself. Would the lifeless body of your daughter increase your pride or would it make you a sinner? The reality is that the anguishing practice of honour killing involves no honour but pain, regrets and guilt.
The world around us is rapidly changing and every change happens around us is altering are culture, norms and practices slowly and gradually however this change is hard to a degree of impossibility to be digested by those having a conservative mind.
From years people of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh have lived in a patriarchal society where the male has dominance over female, where the male has power to decide for each and every step taken by a woman, where a girl child is considered burden and a male child a blessing and support for life. People habitual of living in this society finds it hard seeing a woman taking charge of herself they see it hard to accept that a woman have a right to decide, earn and choose for herself.
Last year the killing of Qandeel Baloch has raised many questions on this malpractice of honour killing. Her death has made many activists to rise against the crime and debate related to the crime reached the doors of parliament of Pakistan.
It was the first time the issue of honour killing has got such attention in the country, on the platform of parliament many female as well as male parliamentarians gave heated speeches regarding the issue and first time in the history a documentary related honour killing was shown in the presence of prime ministers and other authorities of the country that was the time of October, 2016 when Pakistan has passed its first bill against honour crime.
Though the bill was a ray of hope for women struggling for themselves it could not bring a noticeable change in the rate of honour killing. Many incidents had caught the eye of nation even after the bill was passed and many more remained unreported.
The killing of a young 28 years old Samia had also compelled the nation to stand against the honour killing then two young girls were killed by their own brother in Vehari on the time when they were about be brides they were wrapped in shrouds and taken to grave yard. Another heinous act of honour killing was reported when a woman who was about to bring a new life to the world was axed to death by her husband in the name of honour.
The practice of honor killing is still promoted and appreciated by the people of rural areas where woman is treated as scapegoat and get punished for the crimes of others in the name of unlawful and unjustified practices of wanni, sawara, sangchatti and many more.
The vitality of law in eradicating the brutal crime cannot be ignored however it is much more important to educate the people about the importance of a woman and how she shares equal rights as that of men and more than that it is very important to make the male driven society realize that a woman has a status of human being and should definitely be treated like one.