Among Muslims the term honor killing refers to the punishment of women by family members,
or members of the community where he lives, which have been previously considered tainted by the victim.
The most common punishments are burned alive, doused with acid, strangled, beheaded and stoned.
Among the main motives are the rejection of an arranged marriage, having been a victim of sexual assault,
seeking a divorce or adultery.
Fotos de Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press.
Irum Saeed, 30 años. Foto tomada en su oficina de la universidad Urdu de Islamabad, Pakistán, el jueves 24 de julio
de 2008. Irum presenta quemaduras en su cara, espalda y hombros desde hace doce años cuando un hombre, que había
rechazado en matrimonio, le lazó ácido en el medio de la calle. Ha sido operada 25 veces en un intento de eliminar sus cicatrices.
Shameem Akhter, 18. Photo taken at his home in Jhang, Pakistan, on Wednesday, July 10, 2008.
Shameem was raped at age 15 by three men who then threw him acid. Has been operated
plastic surgery 10 times in an attempt to mitigate damage.
Najaf Sultana, 16. Photo taken at his home in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.
At the age of five years Najaf was burned by his father while he slept. It seems his father did not
want another child in the family. Najaf, half dead, was abandoned by her parents on the street.
He now lives with relatives. Has been operated 15 times
Shehnaz Usman, 36. Photo taken in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, October 26, 2008. Shehnaz was
burned with acid by a relative because of a family dispute five years ago. Has been operated 10 times
Shahnaz Bibi, 35. Photo taken in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, October 26, 2008. Shahnaz ten years
ago was burned with acid by a relative due to family conflict. Never been subjected to plastic surgery.
Kayumas Kanwal, 26, adjusting her veil to be photographed while in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday,
October 26, 2008. Kanwal was burned with acid in 2007 by a man who had rejected marriage.
Never has undergone plastic surgery.
Munira Asef, 23. Photo taken in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, October 26, 2008. Munira was burned
with acid five years ago by the man who rejected marriage. Has been operated on seven occasions.
Bushra Shari, 39. Adjusting the veil to be photographed while in Lahore, Pakistan, on Friday,
July 11, 2008. Bushra was burnt with acid thrown by her husband five years ago because she
wanted a divorce. Has been operated on 25 occasions.
Memuna Khan, 21. Photo taken in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, December 19, 2008. Menun was
burned by a group of men who threw acid to resolve a conflict between his family and menun.
Has been operated on 21 times.
Zainab Bibi, 17, adjusting her veil to be photographed while in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday,
December 24, 2008. Zainab was burned with acid by the man who rejected marriage. Has been operated
on several occasions and has provided many more.
Naila Farhat, 19. Photo taken in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, December 24, 2008.
Naila was burnt with acid thrown by a man who had rejected marriage. Has been operated
several times and is expected to be many more.
Saira Liaqat, 26. Posing with his picture before being burned at his home in Lahore, Pakistan on
Wednesday, July 9, 2008. When I was 15, her family married her to a relative and decided who
would live together when she finished her studies at the local school. Her husband burned when
she refused to leave school and go live with him. Has been operated on 9 occasions.