Teenage girls, 16 and 18, shot dead in 'honour killing' because of online video

Two teenage girls were allegedly murdered by their own family in a so-called ‘honour killing’ because video surfaced online of them with a young man.

The girls, 16 and 18, were shot dead in a village in north-west Pakistan, on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of their involvement in the murders, the father of one of the victims and the brother of the other victim, police officials told BBC Urdu.

The girls were shot dead after a video appeared on social media showing them with a young man, police said. According to the BBC, the video shows a young man recording himself with three young girls in a secluded area outdoors.

It is understood that the video was filmed around a year ago but went viral on social media in recent weeks, a senior police official told Dawn newspaper.

The officer said: ‘At the moment, our topmost priority is to secure the life of the third girl and the man before taking any action.’

The incident is said to have taken place on Thursday afternoon at Shaam Plain Garyom, a border village of North and South Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Human Rights Watch says that violence against women and girls remains a serious problem in Pakistan.

Activists believe about 1,000 such ‘honour killing’ murders are carried out across the country every year.

The term refers to the murder of a member of a family who is perceived to have brought dishonour upon relatives.

Pressure group Human Rights Watch says the most common reasons are that the victim refused to enter into an arranged marriage, was the victim of a sexual assault or rape or had sexual relations outside marriage, even if only alleged.

But killings can be carried out for more trivial reasons, like dressing in a way deemed inappropriate or displaying behaviour seen as disobedient.

It is mostly women and girls who fall victim to honour killings in Pakistan, according to Amnesty International.

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