> No more forgiveness for honor killings in Pakistan. Parliament on Thursday unanimously passing a new law, closing a loophole that had allowed murderers to walk free.>> All those in favor of it may say aye.>> Aye.>> All those against it may say no.
I think ayes have it, the motion is adopted and consequently the bill is passed.>> More than 500 women are killed every year, mostly by relatives for bringing shame on the family by eloping for example, or even seen to be flirting. Pakistani law had given convicted murderers a ticket off death row.
If they could secure forgiveness from other family members, many times in exchange for blood money. With the new law families can still grant forgiveness. But the killer will be required to serve out a mandatory life sentence. The government has faced mounting pressure to pass the legislation ever since the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch in July.
Her sometimes risque online posts have reportedly infuriated her brother, who strangled her to death with apparently no remorse.>> I have no regrets.>> Victims of honor killings are stoned, burned alive, shot, or drowned. Many disappearing and never seen again. Rights activists are welcoming the new law, saying they hope it will make women feel safer in their own country.