There is no large flag enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people- The fresh Quotes
What would you do if the people you called your family cut you into pieces, bundle you in a box and then bury you? What would you do if the ones you called your family kills you for falling in love, marrying for love, talking to a boy, singing and dancing in a video, posting pictures online, refusing to early marriage, marrying an upper class or even speaking out against a patriarchal society? What would you do if the world was unsafe because you were being hunted by those you called family? I think the concept of family; marriage and even love are overrated.
I was extremely angry and heart broken when I heard the news of a Pakistani Woman who had recently been murdered by her own brother for posting risqué videos and statements online- her death was a form of honour killing. As a result of this, I decided to dig further into this so called barbaric practice. Every day, millions of women are killed as a result of this culture, men are also killed too, but the majority of the victims are women- women who are considered invisible.
I am very disappointed at all these patriarchal societies who have not come to understand the era of civilization. A woman was burnt to death by her boyfriend’s mother for refusing to marry her son. The burning was a form of honour killing. Another young lady of about seventeen years was beaten, shot, stabbed, strangled and then chopped into pieces after which she was kept inside of a small box and secretly buried because she had runway from her abusive husband who would call her ugly and skinny and then rape her like she meant nothing. A man was beaten to death as a form of honour killing for marrying from the upper class. Some group of men and women were killed for appearing in a video in which they were seen dancing and clapping. A woman and her kids were thrown from the top of a roof as a form of honour killing for going against her family. If I continue to recount all these stories, they wouldn’t end.
It is very sad, and dehumanizing that the perpetuators of these crimes aren’t put behind bars and even when they are, one would realise that it just not a person, but a group of forces that are behind the murder of a particular person as they are ignorantly seeking to bring honour to the family through their unrepentant attitudes of boasting about the killings. I am disappointed that the ones we call siblings, brothers, fathers, mothers and even sisters would take part in killing a part of them in the name of honour killing. I am disappointed that even as we strive against the odds of terrorism and other vices, barbaric cultures and insane religious practises are still upholded to limit human’s right to life and expression.