The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Life and death in Pakistan

Sep 23, 2002

Every year in Pakistan there are over 1,000 reported "honor killings" of women, that is, women being murdered for non-marital sex, or for the suspicion of it, or for refusing to marry a husband chosen by the family, etc. Since the vast majority of these killings are not reported to the authorities, the real figure is estimated to be at least ten times higher – not to mention the additional thousands of attacks short of murder, such as mutilations and rapes. Apparently, the desperate situation of Pakistani women doesn't trouble George Bush, who posed as their protector in Afghanistan.