'Honour killings': Pakistan closes loophole allowing killers to go free

'Honour killings': Pakistan closes loophole allowing killers to go free
 

Pakistan's government has closed a loophole allowing those behind so-called "honour" killings to go free.
New legislation means killers will get a mandatory 25-year sentence.
Previously, killers could be pardoned by a victim's family to avoid a jail term. Now forgiveness will only spare them the death penalty.
It is being seen as a step in the right direction in a place where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common.
Nearly 1,100 women were killed by relatives in Pakistan last year in such killings, the independent Human Rights Commission... read more

 
6 October 2016 in World News, Views: 34
Source: BBC
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