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Teen sisters murdered in Pakistan honour killing

IANS  |  Islamabad 

Two teenaged sisters were strangled to by their cousins for allegedly meeting boys in a fresh case of honour killing in Pakistan, the police said on Monday.

Bisma Bibi, 19, and Naheed Bibi, 17, were killed by their two cousins on Sunday night when they returned home after meeting the two boys, said Jamaldin Wali, for district where the crime took place.

The two accused were waiting for the sisters near their house and later strangled them.

"They died on the spot," Wali told news, adding that it was a case of honour killing and that the accused had been arrested.

Honour crimes are very common in and often involve men killing women they believe had brought disrepute to the family name.

So far this year, 938 women and men have been victims of honour killings in the country, according to the non-profit Human Rights Commission of

The non-profit had also warned that unofficially the numbers might be much higher.

In 2016, the had passed a law prohibiting pardons to relatives of victims in such crimes, a legal loophole through which many men would earlier escape punishment after killing a woman, generally a sister or a wife.

However, human rights groups and activists warn that the law has been mostly ineffective in curbing these crimes.



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 17:14 IST