Sharmeen Expects Oscar-nominated Film Will Assist to End Honor Killings

ISLAMABAD: An Oscar-winning filmmaker expects her recent Academy Award-nominated documentary will assist to bring harder laws against honor killings in the state Pakistan, which account for the deaths of various women and men every year.

The film, which follows the story of a young girl who survived attempted murder by her father and uncle after marrying a person without their permission, was nominated for an Oscar in the month of January, prompting Pakistan’s Prime Minister to pledge to take a strong stand against the “evil” act.

More than 500 males and females died in honor killings in the year 2015, in accordance to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Most of these crimes, carried out by relatives who claim their mostly female victims have brought shame on the family, are never prosecuted, analyzers say.



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