Pakistani teen survives attempted honour killing after being shot, thrown into canal (w/ video)

18-year-old Saba Maqsood survived an attempted honour killing in Pakistan. YouTube screengrab/ITN

ROB CRILLY
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Shot in the face, stuffed in a sack and then dumped in a canal – 18-year-old Saba Maqsood never should have survived brutal Pakistani family justice.

But against the odds, she escaped the attempted honour killing and scrambled on to the canal’s bank.

Now, recovering in hospital she fears that her father, brother and uncle will return to finish the job.

From her hospital bed, guarded by police officers, she issued an appeal for help.

“Even though police provided me with security, I fear that my family will try to kill me and my husband,” she said by telephone. “I appeal to the chief minister and authorities to take serious notice of this attack on me and take necessary action for our security.”

The attempted honour killing came barely a week after another women, Farzana Parveen, was bludgeoned to death by her relations in Lahore, a murder that provoked worldwide condemnation and exposed the brutal way many families in Pakistan treat sisters and daughters.

That murder attracted little coverage in Pakistan, where the practice of coercing women into marriage is common.

In the latest case, police said Ms Maqsood had angered her family by marrying a neighbour five days earlier against their wishes.

“It is an honour-related incident,” said Ali Akbar, a local policeman.

On Thursday, Ms Maqsood was lured from her home in the Punjabi city of Gujranwala to Hafizabad, where she was shot twice, wounding her in the cheek and right hand.

Her father, brother, uncle and aunt all took part in the attack, according to her statement.

She was then bundled into a sack, which was knotted before she was dumped into the water.

Within minutes, she regained consciousness and struggled to the bank where two passers-by helped her.

“She is a brave girl,” said Mr Akbar, adding that officers were hunting for the relatives. Her father’s house had been searched by officers but the suspects had all disappeared.

Many such cases are explained away as suicides, although almost 900 honour killings were reported last year, many when daughters refused to have an arranged marriage.

Few attract wider comment but the nature of Ms Parveen’s murder last week – in broad daylight close to Lahore’s court complex, which would have been teeming with police officers – echoed around the world.

She was killed on her way to the court by a mob of relatives because her husband and father had disagreed over the bride price to be paid. Her husband had already been accused of kidnapping and she was due to attend court to record a statement saying she married of her own free will.

It later emerged that the man she married had murdered his first wife to be with Ms Parveen.

Twelve of her relatives have since been arrested.

Muslim leaders issued a fatwa condemning honour killings and Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister, ordered an explanation from Lahore police but women’s rights groups fear the case will be forgotten quickly.

The Daily Telegraph

061915 GMT Jun14

IFRAME Embed for Youtube

Related Stories:

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A B.C. Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100-million fraud….
Continue Reading »

crime-sexually touching minor

West Vancouver police looking for woman who yelled at man accused of inappropriately touching minor girl on bus

THE CANADIAN PRESS Police in West Vancouver are investigating a disturbing incident involving a man accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl on a bus….
Continue Reading »

Canada-Edmonton-stolen

Canada balks at returning Indian statue of a woman believed stolen from Khajuraho temple

DOUGLAS QUAN POSTMEDIA NEWS  India is trying to repatriate a “voluptuous” 12th-century statue of a woman with a parrot on her bare shoulder that somehow…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

BC Sikhs

Frustrated Port of Metro Vancouver truckers want government to push companies to comply with action plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say…
Continue Reading »

Rashida Samji

B.C. Securities Commission finds Vancouver woman who ran a Ponzi scheme committed $100 million fraud

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI VANCOUVER – A B.C. Securities Commission panel has found that a Vancouver woman and two companies she controlled committed a $100-million fraud….
Continue Reading »

crime-sexually touching minor

West Vancouver police looking for woman who yelled at man accused of inappropriately touching minor girl on bus

THE CANADIAN PRESS Police in West Vancouver are investigating a disturbing incident involving a man accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl on a bus….
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

BC Sikhs

Frustrated Port of Metro Vancouver truckers want government to push companies to comply with action plan

THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — Drivers servicing the country’s largest port urged government on Monday to take swift action against trucking companies, which they say…
Continue Reading »

A hangman's gallows sits idle at the Benghazi Central Prison on March 1, 2011 on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya. Inmates broke free of the prison during the uprising a week ago in the city. John Moore/Getty Images

Indian state offers fat pay raise in attempt to attract applicants to jail hangman job

RAMESH BABU HINDUSTAN TIMES The Indian state of Kerala is offering a pay raise worth thousands of dollars in an attempt to attract more men…
Continue Reading »

An Indian woman herds her cattle past an almost dried-up water body on the outskirts of Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Delayed monsoon rains have raised fears of possible drought in some regions with the meteorological department reporting an acute deficit in rainfall in many areas, according to news reports. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

Armed bandits demand north Indian villagers deliver 35 buckets of water a day during drought

BISWAJEET BANERJEE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LUCKNOW, India — Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35…
Continue Reading »

Narinder Kaur Kalsi, who has been on life support, since a domestic dispute at her Surrey home last week has died. Kalsi was pronounced dead just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said police. Her husband Beldev Singh Kalsi was arrested and charged in connection to her death. — Facebook Photo.

Surrey temple president charged with murder as wife dies in hospital after alleged domestic assault

CHERYL CHAN  VANCOUVER DESI The charge against a former Surrey temple president has again been upgraded after his wife, who suffered severe injuries in an…
Continue Reading »

Sikh American designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia is featured in a Sikh American PSA. Screengrab/YouTube.

U.S. organization launches first-ever Sikh American PSA featuring Waris Ahluwalia to combat racism (with video)

VANCOUVER DESI An American Sikh organization has created the first-ever Sikh American public service announcement in an effort to combat an ongoing “anti-turban bias” across…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra’s ‘Mary Kom’ to have world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

IANS Toronto – Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Mary Kom”, based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF),…
Continue Reading »

Nargis Fakhri

Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri bruised, battered after shooting for “Devil” item number

SUBHASH K JHA IANS Mumbai – “Rockstar” fame actress Nargis Fakhri may be in bed resting it out after sustaining injuries while shooting her “devil”…
Continue Reading »

Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks during an appearance on a television show in Mumbai  June 5, 2014. STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

Shah Rukh Khan’s one-year-old baby AbRam likes Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball

IANS Mumbai – Usually parents are cautious about their teenage children, but superstar Shah Rukh Khan is wary of his one-year-old son AbRam, who was…
Continue Reading »