A Pakistani man and woman were tied to a tree and stoned to death on suspicion of committing adultery. Hundreds of people are killed every year in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, most of them women in rural communities, after being deemed to have dishonoured their families. Police said they had arrested two people over the killing of the man and woman at the weekend in a village in Punjab province. "The man and woman were relatives and were stoned to death by their relatives," senior police officer Zafar Bokhari told Reuters by telephone from the central city of Multan.
June 9, 2007
A Pakistani woman was stoned to death in “honor killing” by her relatives on June 9 2007 in Shahbaz Garhi neighborhood in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. The father and husband of the woman admitted that they had killed her because of a suspected extra-marital affair. The woman’s brother also took part in the stoning, but cannot be found by police officials.
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Sara Jaffar Nimat
Sara Jaffar Nimat is an 11-year-old girl from the town of Khanaqin in Iraqi Kurdistan. She was murdered on the 3 August 2007. The painful, degrading and horrific killing of Sara is another outrageous crime against young girls and women in Kurdistan. Sara was only in fifth grade at school. Loved by her friends, they played together on the night she was killed. Sara’s body was found in a nearby empty building. It had been hit by bricks, stones, and then burnt. There is not much information yet about who committed such a barbaric crime against an innocent young girl.
Du’a Khalil Aswad
“Du’a Khalil Aswad was a 17-year old Yazidi (a non-Muslim Kurdish minority) girl in Iraq who was stoned to death because members of her community believed she had run off to marry a Sunni Muslim man. A number of people in the crowd filmed the brutal death on their mobile phones, and the footage was later posted on the Internet. Aswad was a member of the Yazidi religious sect, which bans marriage outside of faith.
Kurdistan Aziz (Iraqi Kurdistan):
May 17, 2008
Kurdistan Aziz was 16 years old when she escaped her family with a man she knew they would not accept, and courageously following the ancient tradition of radu kauten they eloped together to Arbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan. They planned to start a life together. But her father had other ideas for her; not of love, happiness or choice but that she must die for this rebellion against the patriarchal order.
URGENT: Iran: Stop the Stoning to Death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri!
The Women Living Under Muslim Laws international solidarity network, and the Global Campaign Stop Killing and Stoning Women! urges all concerned citizens to immediately contact the Iranian officials by phone and/or fax to request them to stop the scheduled stoning to death of Zohreh and Azar Kabiri in Iran.
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