A Muslim teen survived a vicious attack in an attempted “honor killing” by her father, uncle, brother, and aunt for marrying the man she loved.
According to a police spokesman, 18-year-old Saba Maqsood was attacked, shot twice, put in a sack, and thrown into a canal by her family because they were displeased with her intention to marry the man she loved.
This comes less than two weeks after another honor killing by a family against a young woman who “married the wrong man” drew national ire.
Unfortunately, these are just two cases that have been reported. Certainly, this one wouldn’t have been reported if the girl hadn’t managed to miraculously survive.
In Pakistan, 869 “honor killings” were reported and many were not. In other words, on any given day, there are at least two to three such incidents in Pakistan alone, not counting other countries where the practice is traditional.
According to police spokesperson Ali Akbar, “the victim, Saba, married her neighbor Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family. They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice, and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming she was dead.”
Incredibly, the girl regained consciousness and was able to get to the water bank where passers-by helped her.
“She is a brave girl. She came out of the canal and approached a nearby fuel station from where the rescue team rushed her to the hospital. Her condition is out of danger and we have registered a case against her family on her complaint.”
Of course, don’t expect justice to be served.
Under Pakistani law, those convicted of honor killings are often freed if the family “forgives” them. Since the attackers in this case, and most cases, were family, it’s unlikely anyone is punished for this despicable incident.