Over 1,000 people were murdered in honor killings in Pakistan in 2005, according to the Karachi-based NGO, Madadgaar Help Line. 373 were were men, six were children, the rest were women. "Real figures could actually be much higher. The media report only 10% of cases, as people usually keep silent out of fear."
No longer confined to third world countries, honor killings are occurring in Europe in immigrant communities (largely Muslim) that have brought some hideous, misogynistic practices with them. Yesterday in London, police found Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha, a 20-year old young woman, stuffed in a suitcase in Birmingham. Police reporterd that they were investigating the possibility that she had been the victim of an honor killing. "After the discovery of the corpse detectives also charged her uncle, Ari Mahmod Babakir Aga, 50, of Mitcham, with murder." According to the London-based organization Kurdish Women Action Against Honour Killing (KWAHK), Banaz left an arranged marriage of three years last June (H/T LGF).
Say a prayer for Banaz.