Girl, 16, paraded naked in Pakistan after ‘honour’ row

Pakistan egotistic behavior

The 16-year-old girl (far left), with her mother and cousins – their faces have been blurred to preserve their anonymity

Source: BBC

Villagers in a remote area of north-west Pakistan are in shock after armed men forced a 16-year-old girl to walk half-naked through the village, claiming it was to redeem their family honour.

Local residents say the woman was targeted because of her brother’s long-forgotten secret affair with a woman from the assailants’ family.

The incident, which came to light on Thursday when the media got wind of it, took place last week near the remote town of Chaudhwan, some 80km (50 miles) west of Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Police have arrested eight men and are searching for a ninth.

Witnesses say the girl was attacked in broad daylight when she went to fetch water from a pond.

“I and my [female] cousins were returning after filling our pitchers when these men caught up with us,” she told local journalists.

“They shoved me around, and I fell down. Then they cut my clothes with scissors. One of my cousins tried to cover me with her dupatta [a long scarf], but they snatched it away.”

She tried to escape and ran into a nearby house, but they followed her.

“I ducked beside a cot and tried to hold on to it but they dragged me out. A neighbour tried to intervene but they threatened him with their guns.”

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Categories: Asia, Pakistan

2 replies

  1. Abhorrent and terrible at so many levels to say the least.

    Most in Pakistan will not degrade themselves to such low levels, but, there is a certain honor code all too prevalent. Such barbarity shows a certain way of thinking not uncommon in Pakistan that women behavior can some how bring honor or dishonor to their male family members, the converse is never true.

    This sort of thinking has to go away as we begin to respect each individual for their human rights and women rights.

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