Pakistan: Police say Qandeel Baloch’s brother must face punishment

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July 19, 2016
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"Police have ruled out the possibility that Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch's brother, who murdered her on July 15, can evade punishment for the crime under a sharia-inspired law that allows victims' family members to forgive killers. ... Under a controversial Pakistani law, a victim's family is permitted to forgive the killer, which often leads to cases being settled with a payment of 'blood money.' This route is frequently used in cases of so-called 'honor' killing -- where a woman is murdered for breaching patriarchal strictures, for example by marrying a man of her own choosing. According to Pakistan's Human Rights Commission, 1,096 women were killed in this way last year, although cases are likely underreported. An anti-honor killing law is currently pending parliamentary approval." (07/19/16)  

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