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Honor Killings

Honor killings
Fourteen-year-old Noor Jehan lies in a Karachi hospital after being shot five times and left in a ditch to die — allegedly by two male cousins. Jehan told reporters that when one of her cousins asked her to marry him and her father refused to consent, the spurned cousin claimed she had had sex with another man and tried to kill her to reclaim his “honor.” Jehan died a month later from an abdominal infection, becoming one of the 5,000–20,000 victims murdered each year in so-called honor killings.

In the remote Pakistani province of Baluchistan, three teenage girls — Hameeda, Raheema and Fauzia — fell in love with the wrong people. They apparently wanted to marry husbands of their own choosing rather than ...

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