Honour killings on the rise in Sindh
SUKKUR: As reported by the Dawn News on Monday, with people displaced by the flood returning to their homes, incidents of honour killings have started taking place in upper Sindh.
There are reports that 12 people were killed on the pretext of karo-kari in the region over the past three weeks.
Police figures suggest no incidents of honour killings were reported from Kashmore, Kandhkot, Jacobabad and Shikarpur in recent months.
According to Shoukat Ali Abbasi of the anti-karo-kari project of Sukkur Police, honour killing has claimed one life in Sukkur, two in Khairpur, five in Ghotki and two in Shikarpur District so far this month.
He told reporters that the number of karo-kari killings in Sukkur and Larkana districts declined in August and September this year.
The government, he said, had taken steps to curb honour killings and teams of men and women had been formed in all districts to work in cooperation with police officers to investigate such incidents. They prepare reports before taking bodies of victims to hospital for post-mortem.
Mr Abbasi said that from May last year to September 30 this year, the number of such cases reported in Sukkur was 28, in Ghotki 58, in Khairpur 29 and in Naushahroferoze 14.
A total of 129 men and women were killed and 361 accused were nominated in FIRs, 81 of them were arrested.
He said the bodies of 117 victims were found, but nothing was known about the remaining 12.
In the first five months last year, a total of 67 incidents of karo-kari took place, 14 in Sukkur, 25 in Ghotki, 8 in Khairpur and 6 in Naushahroferoze.
The IGP of Sindh, Mr Abbasi said, had directed that cases of karo-kari killings should be registered on behalf of the state.