ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has observed that killing women in the name of honor has never been a respectable act, such killing should not be given the status of honor killing.
Justice Faiz Issa, while hearing the jail petition, said in his judgment that “if the word ‘honor’ is not used to describe it, it will be helpful in preventing such killings.”
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Issa had heard the jail appeal of her husband Muhammad Abbas against the September 8, 2015 decision of the Lahore High Court in the murder case of Saima Bibi.
Justice Qazi Faiz Issa lamented that not enough was being done to discourage crimes against women, adding that Pakistani society was engulfed in extremism and violence.
Mohammad Abbas was accused of killing his wife. Saima Bibi’s brother, complainant Mohammad Asghar, had informed the police that her sister had been killed by her husband.
The crime was committed on May 17, 2009 at one o’clock in the night and his FIR was registered at Nankana Sahib District, Bada Ghar Police Station.
The case against Muhammad Abbas was heard in the court of Nankana Sahib Sessions Judge, who had sentenced the accused to death for killing his wife.
The accused was also directed to pay Rs 50,000 to the legal heirs of the deceased.
However, the High Court later commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment, saying the accused had shot the victim only once.
The apex court dismissed the jail’s appeal on the ground that there was no justification for granting the leave as the trial court had ruled that the petitioner had killed his wife while the High Court had upheld the sentence and reduced it to life imprisonment. Had done
Referring to honor killings, Justice Qazi Faiz Issa clarified that it is wrong to translate the Urdu word ‘honor’ as ‘HONOR’ in English, the Urdu word has no equivalent in English.
The more accurate translation of the attribute of ‘honor’ would be ‘arrogance’ and a person with such an attribute is ‘arrogant’.