A court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to death for the murder of his 12-year-old daughter because she wasn’t able to make a perfect roti (chapati).
[tie_slide] 12-year-old Aneeqa | [/tie_slide]
[tie_slide] Khalid Mehmood (left) sentenced to death while Abuzar’s sentence is yet unknown | [/tie_slide]
Khalid Mehmood murdered his daughter, Aneeqa, and then dumped her body outside the Mayo Hospital in Lahore.
In an attempt to cover up his crime he phoned the police and told them that his daughter was missing and he feared that she might have been abducted after she had gone out to buy some food.
Police later discovered the girls body outside Mayo hospital and arrested her family and neighbours for questioning.
Mehmood and his son Abuzar denied murdering Aneeqa but her mother ‘took off the lid on how brutally they beat the 12-year-old to death.’
Both men later admitted to beating her to death and dumping her body outside the hospital for not making a ‘gol roti’.
Both men also admitted to filing a false missing persons report.
A judge at a Lahore handed down the death sentence to Mehmood and also fined him 500,000 rupees (£4,000).
A senior police officer investigating the case, said: “Khalid and his son kept shedding crocodile tears to hoodwink the police but the mother took off the lid on how brutally they beat the 12-year-old to death.”
Pakistan’s parliament recently passed legislation to try to tackle honour killings.
Until October 2016, Pakistani law has allowed the families of victims to waive punishment, which can include the death sentence, by “forgiving” the murderer.
But because more than 80 per cent of honour killings in Pakistan are carried out by a relation, in most cases it meant the family was effectively forgiving itself.
Under the bill voted through in a joint session of parliament on Thursday, life sentences will now be mandatory for all those convicted of honour killings. In practice, this means serving a minimum of 12-and-a-half years in jail.