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Brother Beats Sister To Death In Her Sleep

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A teenage girl in Pakistan was killed by her brother for attempting to marry a man of her own choosing.

Anum Ishaq Masih, a girl in her late teens who came from a Christian family in the city of Sialkot, was killed by her brother, who hit her in the head with a piece of wood while she slept, according to Agence France-Presse.

Masih reportedly wanted to marry a neighbor and insisted upon it, which infuriated her brother.  Their father has since filed a case against the brother, who has been arrested and charged with murder.

The latest honor killing follows a spate of recent attacks seen as a defense of family honor, the Daily Mail reports. The reasons for the killings are often related to marriage or sexuality, with certain cases happening due to similar reasons as Masih's.

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In a separate incident, 18-year-old Zeena Rafiq was burned alive in her Lahore home for refusing to have a traditional wedding. Her mother and brother allegedly tied her to a cot and doused her in kerosene before setting it on fire. Her mother, Parveen Rafiq, was arrested later that day.

Christian activist Shamoon Gill said that honor killings were relatively rare among Pakistani Christians.

"It has nothing to do with religion but is part of a social issue that is deeply rooted in the eastern societies," said Gill. "Most of the Christians and even Hindus are converts. They have converted but there are still some elements of tribal society."

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to eradicate honor killings in the country, but no legislation has yet been proposed on the matter.

Sources: AFP via Gulf Digital News, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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