The young 16-year-old left the house without telling her father. As she reached home, the devout father “started thrashing her, hitting her head and body with a cricket bat and an iron rod.”
A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
As Robert Spencer notes: “Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that ‘retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.’ However, ‘not subject to retaliation’ is ‘a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.’ (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’ And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that ‘Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.'”
Teenage girl’s murder mystery solved The International News, June 29, 2013
The investigation into the murder of a young girl at the Air Force Complex, E-9, took a stunning turn when the victim’s younger brother alleged that their father was the killer. According to him, his father threw the dead body from the apartment and later lodged an FIR with the Margalla Police Station against the unidentified assailants.
Musarrat Ahmad, 16, was found dead with multiple wounds in different parts of her body and a broken arm near her apartment.
The Air Force official allegedly tortured his teenage daughter to death over the ‘honour issue’, beating her with an iron rod and a cricket bat and kept hitting her head, stomach and back till her death, the investigators, quoting his confessional statement, told ‘The News’.
On June 5, 2013, Ahmad Yar, assistant warrant officer of Pakistan Air Force, a resident of Block A-62/5, PAF Colony, E-9, Islamabad, lodged a complaint with the Margalla Police Station, saying that his wife left for her village Lalian (Chiniot) with his younger daughter a few days before the occurrence. He said that his daughter Musarrat Ahmad, 16, went missing on the night of June 4. He said that he searched her along with his two sons — Mohammad Asad, 14, and Asfandyar, 12. According to him, he was informed by the PAF guard deputed at the main gate at 10:20 p.m. that his daughter had entered alone into the premises of the PAF Complex from the main gate, but she didn’t reach home till the next morning and found dead near Block 23-J.
The Air Force Police reached the scene and shifted the dead body to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after sealing the premises, police said.
The Margalla Police took up the case and registered an FIR (No. 313) under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and started investigation, police said.
SP (Saddar Zone) Jamil Hashmi, when contacted, confirmed the report saying that it was a confusing case but police solved the case. He said that they included the complainant, his wife Sahib Bibi and their two sons — Asad and Asfandyar — in the investigation. He said that it was confusing for police — how the girl disappeared between the main gate and her apartment.
The SP said that the complainant did not confess to committing the murder, however his wife expressed her suspicion over her husband and indicated the real story as her son Asad had disclosed the truth before her.
Police induced Asad, an eyewitness, for telling the truth who, finally exposed his father as killer of his sister, Jamil Hashmi said. He added that Asad, telling the real story, disclosed that Musarrat left the house without informing anybody during loadshedding at about 10 p.m. He said that he along with his father and brother searched her in parks and other areas, including the hospital, but failed to find her. In the meantime, his father received a call from the guard of the main gate who informed that Musarrat had entered into the complex. As she reached home, the angry father started thrashing her, hitting her head and body with a cricket bat and an iron rod. Consequently, she fell down and died on the spot. Later, he put cloth on her face, picked her up and threw her on the ground near Block 23-J, Jamil Hashmi said, adding that Ahmad Yar later confessed to his crime and recorded his statement before the court of law under Section 164 CrPC.
Police have registered a case against Ahmad Yar on the complaint of his wife, Sahib Bibi, the SP concluded.
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