This is crazy. You would think that in 2012, human beings would have evolved past this type of behavior.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported 943 women were “killed in the name of honor” in Pakistan last year, an increase of more than 100 from 2010.
Rights groups blame the increase in ‘honor’ murders partly on what they call an ineffective justice system in Pakistan that too often allows killers to go unpunished.
Despite his videotaped confession to CNN and an earlier confession to police, prosecutors say Ismail can soon be a free man if his victims’ family agrees to accept compensation for the killings.
Receiving blood money is an option for victims in many conservative Muslim societies under the Islamic principal that mercy is more noble than revenge.
But women’s rights activists complain that in patriarchal societies like Pakistan, ‘honor’ killers regularly bully and threaten the female victim’s family into accepting blood money.
Posted by Ngo Okafor