'Honor killing': Woman shot to death by father in Pakistani court

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Police say a newlywed woman was gunned down Monday by her father in a court in Karachi, a Pakistani port city, in what appears to be an “honour killing”.

The incident occurred when a woman, a resident of Pirabad in Karachi, went to the Karachi City Court to record her statement confirming that she had entered into a voluntary marriage, police said.

A senior police official said the woman originally from Waziristan and recently married a local doctor.

“When she went to the city court this morning to write down her statement, her father shot her, accidentally injuring a policeman in the process. The woman died on the spot from her injuries, there is no danger to the life of a policeman at the moment, ", — Chief Police Superintendent Shabbir Setar said.

“The accused has been detained, the weapon used in the crime has been seized,” — he said, adding that in almost every case an “honour killing” standing father, husband, brother or any other male relative.

According to the police, the woman left home after her marriage, which angered her father.

Every year in different parts of Pakistan “in the name of honor” hundreds of women are being killed.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has reported an average of 650 honor killings. every year for the last decade. But since most of them are not reported, the real number is likely to be much higher.

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