Couple Who Eloped Allegedly Killed by Relatives in Pakistan ‘Honor Killings’

Voice of America News reports: “Two teenagers were electrocuted by their own families in Pakistan after eloping, police say.

The so-called ‘honor killings’ have led to the arrest of both victims’ fathers and at least two other relatives who carried out the judgment of a jirga, a local court that is convened to settle local disputes, particularly those related to women. Such tribal councils are illegal but are often honored by local officials.

Bakhtja, 15, and her boyfriend Waliur Rehman, 17, ran away August 14 because their families did not approve of their relationship, said Aman Marwat, a police official at Shah Latif town in the southern port city of Karachi.

‘They loved each other and had eloped … due to fear of their families,’ Marwat told VOA Deewa. ‘The families promised them a consented marriage if they come back home. Both returned home on August 15. The same day, following the approval of the tribal council, both the boy and girl were killed with electric shocks.’

News of their deaths did not emerge until an informant recently told police. A local court on Wednesday ordered exhumation of their bodies, which reportedly had been buried in secret…”

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