I received an e-mail earlier today from a Pakistani woman who's relative was killed as an honor killing by family members. The family and the police are covering up the murder as a suicide. This woman feels that her life is in danger now, and she desperately needs help. I believe her e-mail is genuine. If you know of an organization or personal contact in Islamabad that can help her (obviously, NOT the police), please send the contact information to me at misskelly99-at-gmail.com. Please keep her in your prayers. Thank you very much for your help.
UPDATE: More details about this murder cover-up are provided at the International Campaign Against Honour Killings website:
Ghazala age 18 another victim of honor killing from “Pakistan (Pallandri AJK)” being hounded by her family (brother in law) because she chose her husband by leaving her home at mid night due to some internal & external pressures last year.
After the search of three months she was found & separated by her forced husband. At that time due to interference of her father & few other tribes men she was been saved by killing, but her brothers & cousin were in search of a suitable time to kill her.
Her father placed her in a "madrasa" in Rawalpindi. On 6th or 7th of July she was brought back to her native home as she was not feeling well due to small pocks. Her uncle who is a milliner businessman in UAE forced his son Haroon age 20 to kill Ghazala age 18. He did so with the help of his local cousins on 19th July 2006 & left for UAE.
Now the parents & other family members with the help of police made this a suicide Case. No authorities are taking this as a cruel act. I on behalf of the people of town appeal the human rights activists to reopen this issue & make the justice to her poor mother & small sisters which are also threatened to be killed by the Cousin.
Asha, the woman who is trying to being public attention to this case, notes that this region (Pallandri) is a relatively literate area of Pakistan. Like the Mukhtara Mai case, the father tried to help his daughter. Unlike the Mukhtara Mai case, the daughter is now dead.
How can we bring attention to this, bring murder charges against the uncle and cousins, and protect the mother and sisters from harm?