Pakistani man kills second wife for ‘honour’, years after murdering first wife

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‘I am not ashamed of what I have done,’ the accused was quoted as saying.

Karachi: In the latest case of honour killing in Pakistan, a man confessed to killing his second wife in the name of ‘honour’, 15 years after murdering his first wife for the same reason.

The incident took place in Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate town in Pakistan’s Karachi.

According to a report in the Independent, the accused has been charged with slitting his second wife’s throat after a heated argument took place between the two.

“My wife had relations with another man. I am not ashamed of what I have done,” the accused was quoted as saying.

He was caught by people after they heard the screams of his wife, who later handed him over to the police.

In his statement to the police, the accused said that he had warned his second wife many times and had even tried to convince her a day before the murder.

Police said that the accused had earlier murdered his first wife and mother of three on the same grounds. He had also been arrested for the crime, but was later set free.

The incident comes in the wake of recent honour killing of Pakistan’s internet sensation and model Qandeel Baloch who was brutally stangled to death by her brother in the name of honour.

“Yes of course, I strangled her. I am not embarrassed at all over what I did,” Qandeel’s brother Wasim was quoted as saying.

Hundreds of women are murdered for “honour” every year in Pakistan.

Pakistan amended its criminal code in 2005 to prevent men who kill female relatives pardoning themselves as an “heir” of the victim.  But punishment is left to a judge’s discretion when other relatives of the victim forgive the killer — a loophole which critics say is exploited.

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