THE ORIGIN OF HONOUR KILLING (KARO-KARI) IN SINDH PAKISTAN: A DISCUSSION ON ISLAMIC CONTEXT

Hasina Jamali, Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah

Abstract


Pakistan is an under developing country. More than half of its population lives in a typical traditional rural areas. Social norms and cultural values are deeply rooted here. It is largely practiced in tribal areas of Sindh. Therefore, the concept of killing a woman on the name of honour is a part of tribal culture. It is the social, economic and political brocade of our society. The paper chalks out the role required by law makers, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and community for stopping cruel culture of female victimizing and restoring the assumed notions of honour. The study has highlighted the main and important reasons and factors of honour killings in Sindh. Honour killing is not only limited to karo-kari, it has many other forms. Islam forbids killing of mankind. Therefore, karo kari contradicts with the teaching of Islam. The roots of honour killings can be traced in time and space. Hindu society used practice a custom, named sati. According to this custom when husband died, a woman used to burn herself with her husband. This paper aims at: (1) To introduce the meaning and concept of honour killings (karo-kari), (2) Origin and explanations in its historical background, (3) Highlight of legislation for eradication of homicide, (4) Honour killings and its Islamic context, (5) Suggestions and recommendation of eradication of homicide, the paper is followed by a selected bibliography.

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