A father in Pakistan has been sentenced to death after he confessed to killing his daughter for not making bread. Khalid Mehmood initially told police he feared his daughter Aneeqa had been abducted after she went out to buy food and failed to return home — but later admitted murdering her and dumping her body outside the Mayo Hospital in Lahore. Mehmood and his son Abuzar were arrested after confessing to beating Aneeqa to death, The Express Tribune reported. In addition to punishing Mehmood with the death penalty, the presiding judge called for a fine of 500,000 Pakistan rupees ($4,698).
The case comes a week after a man accused of fatally shooting his daughter and her alleged lover was pardoned, after he, his wife and son lodged an application with the court as the girl’s sole legal heirs. Faqueer Muhammad was accused in the ‘honor killing’ of his daughter Kiran Bibi. “The deceased, Kiran Bibi, was my real daughter. She was unmarried at the time of her murder. There are no other legal heirs of the deceased except her mother, Bushra Bibi, and me,” Muhammad said in a court statement.
“I have forgiven the accused persons in the name of Almighty Allah, and have no objection to their acquittal. I also waive my right of Qisas (retribution) and Diyat (blood money),” he added.
The acquittal came after laws against so-called ‘honor killings’ were passed in Pakistan, that are intended to ensure justice even if a family member pardons the accused. However in this case, despite the prosecution stating they had evidence against the accused, the case was dropped by the judge due to “no chance of conviction.”