Kohistan: The 'red zone' of honor killings and a graveyard of young women [VIDEO]

The Kohistan district in Pakistan is regarded as the red zone of honor killings.

Human Rights Campaigners state that each year about 1,000 ‘honor-killings’ of women by relatives are recorded in Pakistan. The real number is likely to be much higher.

According to custom, if the male family members of a woman suspect an out-of-wedlock liaison, they first kill the woman and then go after the man. Other family members are not allowed to oppose this action.

The Kohistan district in Pakistan is regarded as the red zone of honor killings.

Last year, two women and two men were killed in the Lowe and Lotar area of ​​Upper Kohistan merely for talking to each other. In 2012, a video surfaced in Kohistan Palace in which women were singing and clapping, while two boys were dancing.

This video has caused the murder of 10 people so far. Watch the following documentary to know more about this case:

Many similar cases of honor killing have been reported from Kohistan.

The government has finally taken notice of the rising cases of honor killings in the area.

For the first time in history, a large Jirga was organized by the police and the district administration in Lower Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The purpose of the Jirga was to raise awareness against these honor killings and other outdated and brutal rituals, so they can be prevented.

The Jirga was attended by people from all walks of life, including Chairman DRC Lower Kohistan, youth activists, and many religious scholars such as Maulana Karim Dad and Maulana Israr.

The scholars addressed the Jirga and said:

The biggest sin in Islam is killing someone. If someone killed a human being, it was as if he killed the whole of humanity.

The local youth activists at the Jirga talked about women’s rights and said:

Sending women to the mountains to work for them and not giving them their rights is also a crime and can be termed as abuse.

The police added:

The three districts of Kohistan have lost many lives to honor killings. However, the government has launched an ‘awareness campaign’ to curb honor killings.

The police urged scholars to raise public awareness in this regard.

The participants of the Jirga said:

The main reason for the honor killings was underage engagements, denial of rights to women, and domestic violence. Killing in the name of honor is ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘against local culture’. We pledge to play our role in the prevention of honor killing.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • Hello sir it’s Muhammad arif I am from pallas kohistan i thought throughly about my society and felt that it’s truly hell for women… From the first day I am thinking about the changing the mindset of our people but when I look towards my back I always find myself alone… Can u hold my hand in this great step toward Chang yeah its crucial but not impossible
    Let’s change it together
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  • Kohistaan kay baaray mein sb jhooth bakwas hai mein khud kohistan baut time reh k aaya hoon wahan sirf aik cheez hai jo media ko buri lagti hai aur wo hai yrh hai kay wahan behayai nei hai fahashi nei hai

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