Pakistan stiffens penalty for 'honour' killers

2016-10-06 22:15
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Islamabad— Pakistani lawmakers have passed a law that stiffens the penalty for convicted "honour" killers and closes a loophole that often allowed them to go free.

The bill was passed on Thursday after a raucous debate that lasted nearly four hours. The law gives a mandatory 25 years in prison to anyone convicted of killing in the name of honour and no longer allows family members to forgive the killers.

More than 1 000 women were killed last year in so-called honour killings in Pakistan, often by fathers, brothers or husbands, prompted by acts as innocent as a woman marrying the man of her own choice or being seen sitting with a man.

Killers were rarely punished because of the forgiveness provision. Human rights activists have been battling for years for tighter laws.

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