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Study of Causes and Correlates of Honor Killings in District Sukkur

Nabi Bakhsh Narejo & Sharjil Karim Kharal

Abstract
Honour killings in Sindh are result of backward attitudes, male-oriented suspicion, cultural
customs and rural ecology. The perpetrators are male-dominated actors, usually husbands,
brothers and fathers. The victims are excessively married females young ranging from ages
twenty to thirty one. Pistol, gun and hatchet are the main methods of the killing. Honour
killings are customarily prevalent in Upper Sindh. This study explores the causation and
characteristics of honour killings in district Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan. Theoretically, people
become violent when they are threatened and fearing that they are losing their selfworth(Toch,1993). The incidence could be controlled through mass awareness, attitudinal
change, weapon control, community-oriented policing and women playing active role in
Criminal Justice System.

Keywords: Honour Killing, Karo Kari, Sukkur, victim-offender relationship