chapter  8
23 Pages

“Honor” and violence against women in Pakistan

ByHANNAH IRFAN

Violence targeting women in Pakistan manifests itself in a variety of forms and is usually carried out together with a combination of other human and women’s rights violations, all of which form part of the process of the physical and psychological abuse, from which it is estimated between 70 and 90% of Pakistani women suffer (Human Rights Watch 1999: 1). Honor-related crimes are one type of violence that primarily targets women. These crimes range from unlawful confinement, assault, acid burning and rape, to the most classic and extreme form – cold-blooded murder on the pretext of “honor” – honor killings.1