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Pakistani police arrest 6 men for ‘honor killing’ of sisters

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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police on Sunday arrested six men from the same family, accused of murdering two sisters from the same village but also of Spanish nationality.

Police say Urooj Abbas, 21, and Anisa Abbas, 23, were killed for refusing to bring their husbands – cousins ​​from forced marriages – to Spain. They were severely tortured and shot dead in the Gujrat district of Punjab province, neighboring India.

Constable Ataur Rehman said murder charges had been brought against the victims’ brother, a paternal uncle, both husbands, a cousin and both stepfathers. Two unknown suspects and another relative also charged with the murder remained at large.

Forced marriages are common in rural areas of conservative Pakistan, where relatives do not hesitate to kill women who refuse them or ignore the advice of family elders. According to rights groups, approximately 1,000 women are killed each year in so-called honor killings in Pakistan.

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