Sisters ‘honor killed by husbands in Pakistan’ over visas

Aneesa and Arooj Abbas in traditional dress. Two Hispanic-Pakistani sisters were allegedly murdered in

Aneesa and Arooj Abbas, both in their 20s, were reportedly strangled and shot dead by men in their family (Image: Punjab Police/Twitter)

Two sisters were killed by their own family members because they did not want to remain married to their cousins ​​or apply to be taken to Europe, it has been reported.

Aneesa Abbas, 24, and Arooj Abbas, 21, were forced to marry their relatives last year. The sisters had Spanish citizenship and their cousins ​​wanted European visas as their spouses, according to local media.

The sisters were reportedly tricked into traveling with their mother from their home in Spain to the eastern city of Gujrat in Pakistan last Thursday.

Her husbands, Hassan Aurengzeb and Atiq Hanif, are said to have believed that both sisters were deliberately delaying their spousal visa applications.

This is said to be why Aurengzeb and Hanif allegedly planned to strangle and shoot the women – with the help of their own brother Shehryar Abbas, their uncle Hanif Goga and their father-in-law.

This group, along with another man, confessed to the murders and were arrested.

Police confirmed the alleged murders were committed “in the name of honor”.

Pakistani human rights activists chant slogans against honor killings at a protest in Karachi on September 3, 2008. Two Hispanic-Pakistani sisters were allegedly murdered in

Activists campaigned for convicted honor killings that automatically carry a life sentence (Picture: Getty)

Girls and women accused of shaming their families are typically the victims of “honor killings” perpetrated by their relatives.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Annual Human Rights Report, about 478 cases of “honor killings” were reported in Pakistan last year.

As recently as six years ago, many of the men who committed “honor killings” escaped imprisonment.

This is because it was legal for relatives to pardon the people who killed their daughters and sisters.

But a win for activists and activists was that in 2016 a bill was introduced that would make it mandatory for anyone convicted of an “honor killing” to face a life sentence behind bars.

Families can still pardon those sentenced to death.

Despite these advances, up to 1,000 girls and women are still killed in Pakistan each year, and the real number is likely to be much higher.

Women’s rights activists have said there is a “femicide emergency” in Pakistan – because of its high rate of rape and honor killings.

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