Two teenage Pakistani sisters were killed after recording themselves dancing in the rain, an act their stepbrother defended as an “honor killing.”
In the video, 15-year-old Noor Basra and 16-year-old Noor Sheza wore traditional shalwar kameez trouser suits and headscarves, and breaking sometimes in their dance to flash a smile at the camera. They were seen just outside their house in Chilas with two children and their mother.
On June 23, their 22-year-old stepbrother Khutore and four other gunmen allegedly shot and killed both sisters.
Khutore has since been arrested, and a second brother has filed a lawsuit against him.
"It seems that the two girls have been murdered after they were accused of tarnishing their family's name,” an officer confirmed.
The tragedy comes almost a year after four women were executed in Kohistan, a rural village in Northwest Pakistan. During a wedding party, the women were singing and dancing with men in an act their families considered fornication.
Tribal elders, who cited Sharia law, ordered the women’s execution. Women and men dancing are strictly prohibited in accordance of the law.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women and girls were murdered in 2011 for honor killings. Nearly four in five crimes are acquitted.