Boy, girl electrocuted to death

Boy, girl electrocuted to death on jirga’s order in Karachi
KARACHI (Web desk) – Local court on Wednesday took notice against the killing of a boy and girl on the directives of jirga in Karachi.

According to details, the court has ordered to exhume the bodies of the victims who were electrocuted to death.

Meanwhile, police personnel have launched an investigation into the matter and arrested affectees’ fathers and uncles.

Jirgas, or tribal councils, are often called in Pakistan’s northwestern regions as a means of local conflict resolution, but their edicts have no legal standing under Pakistani law.

More than 500 men and women were killed in honor killings in Pakistan last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Many of those crimes are carried out by relatives who say the victims have brought shame on the family.

Few cases go to court, but among those that do, attackers are often forgiven under a clause of law rooted in the law.

Legislation is currently pending at Pakistan s parliament to close the loophole, which many say encourages such attacks.