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The Kohistan Story: Killing for Honor

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The Kohistan Story: Killing for Honor

In May 2012, a grainy cellphone video emerged in a remote and deeply conservative village in northern Pakistan. The video showed four young women singing and clapping in a room as two young men danced to the music. The village elders saw the celebration as a blatant defiance of strict tribal customs that separate men and women at gatherings, and a decree was issued for those in the video and their families to be killed as their actions were deemed ‘dishonorable.’

The women and one of their sisters, aged just 12, were allegedly imprisoned for a month and tortured before being killed. The men went into hiding but three of their brothers were shot dead.

Every year, nearly a thousand people are known to be killed in the name of honor in Pakistan. Many more go unreported, considered a part of everyday life — but the killings in Kohistan became national news after the surviving brother of the victims made it his mission to seek justice. VICE News host Hani Taha travels to Pakistan to meet Afzal Kohistani to investigate one of the country’s most perplexing honor killing cases, three years on.


10 thoughts on “The Kohistan Story: Killing for Honor

  1. I’ve said it a thousand times it is the women and their young children and daughters we must rescue. The men enjoy blood letting and are too insane to have the honor of a woman’s love and generosity. Do these men believe they are not born of women?


  2. When is someone going to after the ones ordering these killings !!
    They need to stop its already happened in Canada and the
    pm wants more to come in and bring their ways with them !!!

    – Jacquie



    • Look, it is not ISLAM that teaches this. These are pagan tribal customs that predate Islam. It is the same with FGM. This sort of thing goes on only in the north part of PK where it is extremely rural and backwards, there is no education, and thus Islam has not been learned well enough to eradicate these brutal ideas of right and wrong. They know enough of Islam to say the prayers, but not to live properly. Plus the Goverment of PK has outlawed these practices precisely because they are contrary to the teachings of Islam.
      And for the record, I am not Muslim. I am a Christian.


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