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'Honor killing': Pakistani newlyweds decapitated for marrying without family's consent

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Two Pakistani newlyweds were decapitated with a butcher's knife by the bride's family for marrying without their consent, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Seventeen-year-old Muafia Bibi and her 30-year-old husband, Sajjad Ahmed, were married on June 19 in Satrah village. The marriage was Ahmed’s third – he divorced his first wife and the second left him when he married Bibi. Bibi’s family told the couple they accepted the marriage, but then murdered them.

Bibi’s parents, two uncles and grandfather participated in the murder, according to the area police chief. All five suspects are now in police custody.

So-called honor killings are common in Pakistan -- 869 women were killed by the practice in 2013, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. It is less common for men to be included in the murders.

And many murderers go unpunished because under Pakistani law, the victim's family can absolve the murderer by forgiving them. And since most of the murderers are the victim's family in the first place, the no one is punished.

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