KOHAT/PESHAWAR - Relatives have shot dead three women in a lawless tribal area in the country’s northwest after one of them left her husband, officials said on Monday.
The ‘honour’ killings happened in Jawaki village in Darra Adam Khel district, between the cities of Peshawar and Kohat.
A 22-year-old woman from Karachi, who married a Jawaki shopkeeper about two years ago, was accused of fleeing her husband’s house and marrying another man in Swat valley with the help of her aunt and cousin, a local administration official told a foreign news agency.
The local tribal council or jirga intervened in the matter and decided on Sunday that the women should be killed. Relatives shot the three dead at their house late Sunday and buried them on Monday morning, he added. “It is a case of honour killings and was settled under tribal customs where the criminal code is not applicable,” added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“According to the information gathered from local sources, the girl was not happy with her husband.”
She was recovered by Swat police after a case of kidnapping was registered in Karachi and a hunt for recovery was started. Local intelligence officials confirmed the killings.
Political administration said investigations into the case were in an advanced stage.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says 943 women and girls were murdered in 2011 after being accused of tarnishing their families’ honour. The statistics highlight the violence suffered by many women who are frequently treated as second-class citizens.