Farzana Parveen’s brutal killing instantly comes to mind after one looks at the statistics on ‘honour’ killings that were presented in the National Assembly recently. Her death struck at the collective conscience of society — albeit for a short time. When Farzana, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, was stoned to death by her brother and father near the Lahore High Court last year for marrying of her own accord, there was national and international outcry. The prime minister himself took notice. But nothing concrete seems to have come of this as according to statistics submitted by the law ministry in parliament, the number of such killings only seems to be increasing. There were 456 cases of such killings in 2013, which increased to 477 in 2014.