Young couple shot dead in suspected honor killing in Faryab
By Khaama Press - Sun Mar 13 2016, 1:57 pm
The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in Yengi Qala village in the restive Khwajah Sabs Posh district.
The district administrative chief Abdullah Masoomi said an investigation has been launched into the incident involving murder of a married man and a married woman.
He said the couple could possibly have been murdered by their relatives and with the support of the Taliban militants after they were accused of adultery.
Masoomi further added that an investiation is underway to find out the main motive behind the mysterious murder of the young couple and no suspect has been arrested so far.
Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the anti-government armed militants are actively operating in a number of its districts.
Women are often targeted by family members and murdered for honor over offenses, including seeking violence and alleged adultery.
There is very little accurate data on the number of honor killings since they are rarely reported despite major gains and achievements in women’s rights in the country in the last decade, including constitutional guarantees on non-discrimination, the enactment of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law criminalizing harmful traditional practices.