- Title: PAKISTAN-FEUD Pakistan family feud ends in massacre
- Date: 10th December 2014
- Summary: ATHARA HAZARI, PAKISTAN (DECEMBER 09, 2014) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) RELATIVES AND RESCUE WORKERS CARRYING INJURED DAUGHTER OUT OF HOUSE WHERE MURDERS TOOK PLACE WOMEN AT HOSPITAL WAILING INJURED DAUGHTER ON HOSPITAL BED MEDICS TREATING INJURED DAUGHTER INJURED DAUGHTER ON STRETCHER ATHARA HAZARI, PAKISTAN (DECEMBER 09, 2014) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF TRAUMA CENTRE OF HOSPITAL RELATIVES OF VICTIMS GATHERED AROUND INJURED DAUGHTER/ POLICE INJURED DAUGHTER BEING TREATED
- Embargoed: 25th December 2014 12:00
- Location: Pakistan
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVAAD7YL8ZV1P3L5E41IB4GX90VX
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- Story Text: A 60-year-old woman, her husband and their three children were axed to death in central Pakistan by the mother's family in revenge for the couple marrying 28 years ago, police said on Wednesday (December 10).
The dead children were two girls and a boy. Police say a third daughter aged 18, was also seriously wounded in the attack in the central Pakistani city of Athara Hazari, on Tuesday (December 9).
The injured daughter is said to have identified the killers as members of her mother's family.
Muhammad Aslam, a policeman at Athara Hazari Police Station, said the woman told police the attack was revenge for her mother's marriage to her beloved cousin 28 years ago.
Four members of her mother's family had arrived from the capital of Islamabad armed with daggers and axes, the injured daughter told police.
Police said it was not clear why the woman's family had waited 28 years to attack her.
So-called 'honor killings', where a woman is killed for a perceived social transgression, happen often in Pakistan.
Cases are rarely investigated or prosecuted, but even when they are, the law permits a woman's next of kin to forgive her killers. But often, the next of kin are the killers.
In 2013, 869 honor killings were reported in the media, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says. The commission says the true figure is probably much higher since many cases go unreported.
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