We have yet another horrific “honor killing” — this time in Pakistan. Muhammad Siddique became outraged when he learned that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had not asked him for permission to leave the house to visit her sister so he and his father beat her, doused her with gasoline, and burned her alive. The only good news is that the authorities have arrested the father and son and charged them with murder as well as terrorism.
Once again, we have the inconceivable crime of two religious men who insisted that they were only being good Muslims by burning a woman alive. Not surprisingly, Siddique had been accused of spousal abuse for his entire three year marriage.
The arrest is a positive development since these honor killings are often quietly condemned in some areas.