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Monalisa Das| June 6, 2014| 7.40 pm IST Days after a woman in Lahore was publicly stoned to death for marrying against her family’s wishes, here comes another abhorrent incident of a teenage girl in Pakistan who was shot by her family and dumped in a canal after she married a man they did not approve of. 18-year-old Saba Maqsood, married her neighbour Muhammad Qaiser around a week ago by going against her family’s wishes, according to a report by The Daily Mail. Maqsood’s father, brother, uncle and aunt took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice, and thinking she was dead, put her in a sack and threw her body in a canal. Luckily, Maqsood survived the near fatal attack. She was taken to a hospital by a rescue team. Maqsood, who is stable now, has given her statement to the police. The suspects are absconding, as per reports. Honour killings in Pakistan are a common affair. Many observers in the country say a woman is treated more like an object, who at first is owned by her father, and later passed on to her husband. That a woman goes against her family to marry is absolutely unthinkable. However, the recent blood curdling incidents have occurred in broad daylight and some even in major cities. A report in the I ACKNOWLEDGE states that around 1000 such honour killings take place every year in the country and almost none of them go on trial; some for want of police interest and others due to lack of witnesses. Both these incidents have once again put Pakistan on the international map, drawing severe criticism for the soaring crimes against women in the country.  Read this blog on women in cities of Pakistan- Shrinking space for women in Pakistan

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