In a horrific incident, a Lahore man blinded a 15-year-old boy and later chopped off his penis, to ‘protect his family honour’, after he found that his daughter was in love with the boy. According to reports, the victim was allegedly kidnapped by the girl’s father and his accomplices, then taken to a deserted area and maimed.
The boy’s father reportedly said. “The girl’s dad and his accomplices kidnapped my son from his school and took him to a deserted place near Ravi river.”
The boy, who studies in class IX, was lucky enough to survive because he was left for dead. A passer-by spotted him took him to hospital where doctors managed to save his life. According to Pakistani media reports, all the five accused have been arrested. The cops are expeted to file a report on the matter soon.
If the boy had died he would have become another statistic – albeit a rare, male one – in the long list of so-called ‘honour killings’ in Pakistan.
The country’s independent Human Rights Commission says, “Usually, it’s girls and women who are victims of honour killing. Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan in 2015 by relatives who believed they had dishonoured their families.”
It was only last year that Pakistan made such killings punishable under law, with mandatory prison time.