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Pakistan Passes Anti-honor Killing Bill: New Law ensures perpetrators will get 25-year Prison Sentence

In July, a social media star, Qandeel Baloch, was strangled and her brother confessed to the crime, citing what he described as Baloch’s “intolerable” behaviour

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FILE - In this picture taken on July 18, 2016, the mother of Pakistani slain social media star Qandeel Baloch mourns besides her dead body in Shah Sadderuddin, Pakistan. Baloch was killed by her brother for what he called “intolerable” behavior. VOA
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October 7, 2016: Pakistan passed long-awaited legislation Thursday on so-called “honor killings,” removing a loophole that allowed the killer to go free.

Under the new law, perpetrators will get a mandatory 25-year prison sentence. Previously, killers could be pardoned by the victim’s family and be freed.

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In a statement issued late Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the parliament, civil society activists, academia and media for supporting the landmark passage of the anti-honor killing legislation.

“I urge the entire nation particularly enlightened and progressive voices in the country to support us in successful enforcement of the legislation and catch hold of those who have been targeting women through frivolous customs and practices that have nothing to do with Islam,” Sharif asserted and added: ”There is no honor in honor killing.”

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Human rights groups say hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan each year for allegedly bringing “dishonor” to their families.

In July, a social media star, Qandeel Baloch, was strangled and her brother confessed to the crime, citing what he described as Baloch’s “intolerable” behaviour.

Her death made headlines in local and international media for days, prompting a high-level probe into the killing. (VOA)

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Goa State Human Rights Commission terms Disrobing of Deceased Women as Human Rights Violation

Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa's Hindu community

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Panaji, August 14, 2017: Terming the disrobing of deceased women a human rights violation, the Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday said that all panchayat and municipal agencies should ensure that the practice is prevented.

“Disrobing the deceased woman in the crematorium certainly amounts to violation of basic human rights of the women which is required to be prevented by the concerned authorities by taking appropriate steps,” the order states.

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The order, which was issued following a petition by Goa-based women’s group Bailancho Saad, also said that the state government, through the office of the Chief Secretary, should ensure that the fiat is complied with.

Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa’s Hindu community. (IANS)