Sunday, May 03, 2009

A Murder Here, a Stoning There...

One of the most fascinating things to do in Pakistan is to read the local newspapers. The stories that you find in tiny blurbs deep within the paper would make for shocking headlines in North America or Europe, but here they don't even make waves. Some of the most shocking stories don't even have their own headlines! Here's a snapshot from the Pakistan newspaper "The News"; keep in mind that these 'run of the mill' stories did not even show up on the front page.

March 21, 2009

A thirty-year-old woman, named Lubna, was killed by her brother after she allegedly had an extra marital affair. In Bahawalpur, a man stoned his sixteen-year-old daughter and her 'paramour' to death with bricks after finding them in a 'compromising position.' A 'compromising position' could be as innocent as holding hands or sitting together on a park bench. Girls have been killed by their own families for less.

Continue reading this article here:

Shocking Non Events of Local Pakistani News


Ehsan said...

Well like you said its everyday life here....but you must know they are registered as crimes and not just ignored....but i think they are rarely perused in family cases like these !

Heather said...

Oh I am sure they are not completely ignored. My point was that, if any one of these stories happened in the US or Europe, the story would make headlines for at least a few days. Here these stories are found in small places inside the paper. Sometimes they are just part of the police blotter and do not have their own headlines.