A 4-year-old girl died when angry mobs set fire to 10 houses in Pakistan

A 4-year-old girl died when angry mobs set fire to 10 houses in Pakistan

More than 10 houses have been set on fire in Pakistan. (Representative)

Karachi:

A four-year-old girl has died in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province when a mob set fire to at least 10 houses after a woman and her sister were abducted by men from a rival community. Another incident of ‘honor’ crime, police said on Monday.

Houses were set on fire in Rohri on Sunday on charges of abducting sisters of the Chauhan community by men from the Panwar community.

“A group of about 10-12 armed men attacked and set fire to at least 10 houses in Sham Kaladi village near Rohri on Sunday, killing a four-year-old girl trapped inside a house,” a senior police official said.

According to the details, the woman from Chauhan community fell in love and entered into a voluntary marriage contract with a young man from Panhwar community. When he left his home with his sister, the victim’s family complained to the community’s elders, claiming that the two sisters had been abducted by some drunkards.

In the midst of the unrest, a mob stormed the Panwar community’s home and vandalized the aircraft. More than 10 houses were set on fire.

Police rushed to the village but found the attackers had already fled the area.

Pakistani police on Sunday arrested six people in the Punjab province for allegedly killing two Spanish sisters of Pakistani descent in another “honor killing” case, a brutal patriarchal practice in the country.

Honor killings and conflicts are terribly regular in Pakistan, especially in the areas near the tribal areas in the north and west. Some sections of Pakistani society still operate under a strict code of “honor” that undermines women’s rights.

According to a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an average of 1,170 “honor killings” occur in Pakistan each year, and in 2021 a total of 128 women were killed in the name of “honor” in the southern Sindh province.

In the past, women have been shot, stabbed, stoned, set on fire and strangled to death for allegedly tarnishing the “honor” of their families.

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