Lahore: A man’s nose and an ear have been brutally chopped off for eloping with a girl related to him against her family’s wish in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the latest incident of ‘family honour’ in the country. According to police, the 20-year-old girl, who lives in Jhang district, some 160 kms from here, had eloped with her relative Imran Ali sometime ago.
The girl was later brought back to her home through a village jury (Panchayat). “The parents of the girl forced her to call Ali to her village and upon reaching there on last Monday, they along with other relatives overpowered him and severely tortured him. They also chopped off his nose and an ear,” a senior police officer Maqbool Ahmed said.
He said the injured youth was later shifted to hospital where he recorded his statement to the police.
Ali told police that the girl asked him to visit her home on the pretext of arranging a meeting with her family members, saying they had pardoned him and agreed on their marriage. “But when I reached their house, they tied me with a rope and severely thrashed me before cutting off my nose and left ear with a knife,” he said.
Police said efforts are on to arrest the suspects. Honour killing and related crimes are on the rise in Pakistan. Nearly 1,100 women and 800 men have been killed in the country in the name of honour last year.