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Pak man kills wife for ‘honour’, 14 yrs after killing 1st wife


Karachi: Fourteen years after he killed his first wife, a Pakistani man has murdered his second wife by repeatedly stabbing her before slitting her throat with a knife, in the latest case of “honour killing” in the country.

Rahim Daad killed Farzana, 35, inside their home in Sindh’s capital Karachi early yesterday, police said. Daad has been arrested and a knife was seized from him.

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He repeatedly stabbed Farzana before slitting her throat, Dawn reported quoting a top police official.

During interrogation, Daad confessed to murder his wife in the name of honour, the official added.

Early Wednesday night, the couple had an argument over some issue following which Farzana wanted to leave the house and Daad. In an ensuing scuffle, Daad took out his knife and killed her.

He stabbed her in the abdomen and then slit her throat. The suspect had killed his first wife, a mother of three, citing that she too had shamed the family, the police said.  In Pakistan, the victims of “honour killings” are overwhelmingly women, with hundreds killed each year.

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The crime came under the international spotlight after social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was killed by brother.

Baloch’s murder sparked an international uproar forcing the Pakistani government to announce strict action against those involved in her murder.

Rights groups have for years called for tougher laws to tackle perpetrators of violence against women in Pakistan.