The Price for Refusing to Kill Your Gang-Raped Child

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


A Pakistani family is under brutal assault for refusing to murder their daughter for being a victim of rape. The case serves to underscore Pakistan’s malevolent role as the world epicenter of “honor killings.”

Kainat Soomro was 13-years old when she was kidnapped in 2007 near the Pakistan town of Dadu and viciously gang raped for three days by four Muslim men. While fortunate enough to finally escape her captors, Kainat’s ordeal was tragically just beginning.

Despite being the victim of rape, Kainat was instead declared to be a kari, or “black female,” by tribal elders in her town for having the temerity to have sex outside of marriage. As a consequence of that decree, Kainat’s family was expected to subject her to an honor killing.

However, despite the pressure to murder Kainat, her family refused. As Kainat later pointed out, “It is the tradition, but if the family doesn’t permit it, then it won’t happen. My father, my brothers, my mom didn’t allow it.”

Instead, her family opted for a saner and less barbaric route by seeking to have Kainat’s rapists prosecuted for their heinous acts. Unhappily for the Soomro family, that decision would subject the family to years of sustained attacks and beatings by fanatical fellow Muslims, assaults that eventually drove the Soomros into a grim state of poverty.

Unfortunately, despite the Soomro family’s heroic efforts to spare their daughter’s life, Kainat’s rapists were acquitted in May 2010 after a local judge declared her sole testimony as an “alleged rape survivor” to be insufficient. Regrettably, the anguish of that court decision only deepened a month later when Kainat’s brother was murdered by unknown assailants, ostensibly for the sin of having the audacity to defend his sister during her trial.

Now, 17-years-old, Kainat and her family remain undeterred. To that end, they are petitioning higher Pakistani courts to appeal the ruling in her case. However, beset by severe pressure to withdraw her appeal, the Soomros remain under attack by men affiliated with her rapists, men who recently vandalized their apartment, beat the father and brother with iron rods and threatened to kill Kainat.

Sadly, the decision by the Soomros to resist community efforts and not kill their daughter remains the exception to the rule in Pakistan. The sad reality is that more often than not, Pakistani families stand eagerly ready to murder their wives and daughters for any “damage” they may have done to the perceived “honor” of the family.

That “damage” can occur when a woman has the misfortune of being raped; marries a man of her own choosing; has any contact with an unrelated male; dates a Christian; openly flirts; or adopts Western ways of dress and behavior.

While in most cases husbands, fathers or brothers of the offending women in question commit the murders, in some cases, tribal councils decide that the woman should be killed and, as such, send men to execute her.

According to the United Nations, about 5,000 honor killings take place each year, most of which take place in Muslim countries in the Middle East and South Asia. For its part, Pakistan accounts for nearly 20 percent of those killings, nearly 1,000 a year, the most of any nation. Honor killing incidents in Pakistan reported in 2011 have included one girl burned alive, five girls dying from acid attacks, and four girls tortured to death.

Recent Pakistani honor killings have also included a 15-year old girl strangled to death by her uncle for suspicion of having sex with a Christian; a 21-year-old woman electrocuted to death by her family for secretly marrying a man they disapproved; and a Pakistani man shooting down six of his teenaged daughters on suspicion they were involved in relationships with older boys in the neighborhood.

In fact, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 46% of all female murders in Pakistan are considered to be honor killings. As a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Women’s Rights organization, Aurat Foundation, said, “Incidents involving murder of women for honor have increased to alarming proportions.”

Of course, it should be noted that the number of honor killings are probably much higher than the numbers actually reported. Either most murders go unreported or family members of the victims simply report the girls as having committed suicide.

Part of the reason for Pakistan’s increase in honor killings, according to an HRCP spokesman, stems from the simple fact that “people are getting away with it,” noting that “only 20 percent of cases are brought to justice.”

That deplorable result may arise from Pakistan’s penal code which treats honor killings as murder, but also allows the family of the victim to pardon the murderer, who is usually a relative who committed the murder on the family’s behalf.

Yet, it’s certainly not too surprising that Pakistan’s judicial system has been slow to react to the horrific abuses being hurled at Pakistani women. The Executive Director of the Centre for Peace and Civil Society notes that domestic violence is not explicitly prohibited in Pakistani domestic law. In fact, Pakistan is the only South Asian country that has yet to pass a law on domestic violence.

So, given a lack of support from Pakistan’s judiciary and fearful of reprisals launched at them by family and community members, most Pakistani women do not report instances of abuse.

The result has been, according to a 2011 report on Pakistan by Amnesty International, an explosion of  rampant “gender-based violence, including rape, forced marriages, honor killings, acid attacks and other forms of domestic violence.”

Not surprisingly, such high levels of violence have led to an estimated 90 percent of all Pakistani women having experienced some form of domestic abuse in their lives. As Gulnar Tabussum, spokeswoman for Women’s Action Forum said, “The status of women is low and also brutality is growing by the day.”

That sad fact was perhaps best expressed recently by a young Muslim man from Pakistan’s Kurdistan region, an area in which it has been reported that in September of 2011, 25 women alone were murdered under the guise of honor killings. According to the man, “Here is man’s world. If you are man, Kurdistan is a nice place, but if you are a woman, it is a tragedy.”

Sadly, for Kainat Soomro and millions of other Pakistani women and girls, life in all of Pakistan is one never-ending tragedy.

  • CharlesWhite

    “Here is man’s world. If you are man, Kurdistan is a nice place, but if you are a woman, it is a tragedy.” MAN! MAN! That is not the "Mans"! place but that of jungle thuggery and Cowardice! A man would allow Honor to Murder his family, his Blood! No that is far from a "Man's"! place and just a Zoo where the strong frighten the cowards who huddle like sheep in a pack only top send out one of their own (the weakest among them) to quench the Blood thirst of the animals who resemble "Men"!

    • http://www.nightmist.us/study/ Axe

      I think you are saying a "Man" would protect his daughter, and if he was a good man, he would even try to protect other men's daughters.

      And I think I agree with you.

    • jonmc

      What bothers me about this attitude, is that I have a sneaking suspicion that that is exactly what (some) Muslim men think being a "man" is – to whit having total domination over your wives, whom Islam classes as quasi-slaves and minors – and that it "proves" your "macho" maleness to kill defenceless women.
      If I'm in any way right, it's a sick attitude – sick to the point of incomprehension to Westerners – but Islam is a sick religion in how it treats women, so should we be surprised?

  • Chezwick_mac

    Folks, please send this article to friends and family, particularly female ones. Briefly point out that it has NOTHING to do with terrorism, but is a case study in COMMUNITY-WIDE Islamic ethics and law.

    If it fails to open the eyes of the uninitiated regarding the grotesque and profoundly anti-female malevolence of the RoP, then NOTHING will.

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  • Mel

    My heart aches for Kainat Soomro, for Asia Bibi, and so many other poor, innocent girls being crushed by that malevolent, misogynistic, Islamist culture. Yet we open our arms to its teachings here in North America; presidential candidates whitewash its nature; while presidents themselves bow down to its kings, and promote it as a "great" religion and a "religion of peace".

    In the end, I can't make up my mind which is worse. The evil men who kill, rape and plunder based on Islam's teachings, or the treasonous brain dead elite in the west for whom the term "useful idiots" takes on a whole new meaning.

  • Zinnia2

    they do not deserve to be called animals – animals' nature, for the most part, is to love their young, care for and protect them – these so-called men are of an evil and demonic nature which is anti-G-d or anti-good or anti-love – this is a spiritual battle for sure…

    • tanstaafl

      The word you're looking for is sociopath.

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        If I were an atheist, I think some of this behavior would make me doubt. I'm sticking with "anti-love" in all cases though. It's not elegant, but I think it's perfect.

        "Anti-love."

        . . . so, maybe "hate" then.

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  • BobSmith101

    Muslims live in constant fear. Fear of devout religious thugs who take it upon themselves to independently enforce sharia law.

    In Islam – any devout believer may be the next killer.

    Islamic theology says – you must have 4 witnesses to prove rape. Without that you must be a whore.

    These unseen killers believe Islamic theology and the result turns society inside out.

    Read it all at http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/

  • Jake

    Its demonic.

  • kafirman

    Outstanding article Mr. Crimi. You captured a strong moral theme and dispassionately substantiated it. Nonetheless the Multiculturalists will continue. They will continue to moral equivalence and they will continue to cherry pick taquiyya, cite Meccan and/or early Median abrogated suras (e.g., Koran 2:256), throw in a few tears from Keith Ellison and recall their friendly non-fundamentalist Muslim acquaintance. And so we must continue too.

  • kafirman

    The family of Kainat Soomro is bringing healing to the world. By denying Kainat Soomro the right to adjudicate on the moral nature of Islam, Multiculturalists deny Kainat the right to grieve her wound, to identify evil and to heal. Thus Multiculturalism and Islam are dehumanizing. Conversely, the Soomro family is an enemy of Islam. What Kainat Soomro is, is a powerful argument against Islam. And for that, Islam is set on killing her.

  • LindaRivera

    Evil filth, inhuman monsters that cannot be described as humans, defiled this innocent child. But in the eyes of G-D, the child is PURE, innocent and beautiful. May her murdered brother rest in eternal peace. The child and her family are strong, courageous and beautiful. The family shines as a light in terrible darkness. Please, G-D, protect them!

    In the Bible, Master of the Universe, the G-D of JUSTICE, gave the DEATH Sentence for Kidnapping and the DEATH Sentence for Murder. Justice and mercy for victims. Punishment for evil predators.

    Millions upon millions of Muslims colonize our countries. They bring with them their way of life, their beliefs and their inhuman behavior. Where defenseless, innocent victims are punished and murdered and evil predators rule.

  • Robert

    this is madness but the most terrible is that this is reality

  • Vrak1

    Animals.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    What is happening in the world today is an unacknowledged and unopposed clash of civilizations between Western Judeo-Christian civilization and Islamic civilization. In other words, Islamic civilization is aggressively trying to destroy and subsume Western Judeo-Christian civilization per the Islamic mandate to make Islam supreme.

    Thus, if you have any qualms about whether Western Judeo-Christian civilization is superior to Islamic civilization and worth defending, be aware that Islamic civilization, which is accurately depicted in that above article, will be the one that prevails unless the West finally wakes up and decides to aggressively defend its own civilization and culture.

    In addition, what does that above accurate depiction of Islamic civilization also imply about multiculturalism which predominates our society today, as multiculturalism holds that all civilizations and cultures are equal and desire the same exact things? In fact, our two fantasy based nation-building missions in Afghanistan and Iraq were based on lame multicultural assumptions, which is why they inevitably miserably failed.

    Indeed, we see the lamestream press, our own federal government, and even neo-cons today all cluelessly claiming incessantly that the Arab Spring is a movement for democracy and freedom. Meanwhile, look at what is happening to the Christian Copts in Egypt today!

  • Marty

    This is more evidence, not that any was needed, that islam creates and sustains sick and demented societies. It has never failed to do so. No islamic country ever willingly converted to this death cult. Each islamic society on the planet was established through a regime of violence and brutality that is determined to undermine or destroy any vestige of human progress. islamic treatment of women is horrific, but not surprising given the fact that islam was established by a pedophilic and genocidal sociopath.

  • xlent

    Islam is such an evil, demonic, nasty, blight upon the earth it should by now be clear to anyone with any knowledge of the vile thing that it simply has to be eradicated.

    • Ginny

      Actually, women are revered in Islam. The first person to accept Islam was a woman. The Prophet (S)'s last words were: "Be good to women." It mentions, in the Quran, NUMEROUS times: "Paradise lies at the feet of one's mother." And nowhere in the Quran does it say to commit honor killings. But the people who commit honor killings are just greedy, hateful, backwards hicks who live in the mountains and want to keep their power and keep everyone in fear of them, so they misuse Islam as an excuse to do this. A TRUE Muslim would never do this. All the people I know in Pakistan would never do this; they're peaceful people and their daughters go to university and get jobs. You really have to see what is rural CULTURE and what is religion. Oh, and it's not just Pakistan. India–where Hindus mostly live–has one of the highest rates of reported rape in the region.

  • Stan Lee

    The horrible practice of these Muslims is essentially about protecting their ancient emphasis on the male's importance and the female's insignificance in that culture.
    How do such people ever expect to live harmoniuosly with the rest of humanity when such primitive practices continue?
    These practices cause me to ponder whether Islam considers its males so inferior that it makes its females far lower than the males to assure male superiority?
    It's hard to believe, I don't really know the answer, but it does cause me to ponder it.

  • Joe Larson

    They should have their nuts cut off and be staked out on an ant hill naked if they harm or injure any woman, their family or not.

  • Ghostwriter

    Good for the Soomro family for protecting and defending their daughter. Those psychopaths who kidnapped and raped her deserved jail time. Unbelievable! Is it any wonder that Islam has such a negative image in this country?

  • Deano

    Filthy islamic culture. Never in a million years will I respect this disgusting religion of fear. For the first time in history, the Internet is bringing the true horror of Islam to the worlds attention. I just hope this death cult will be dismantled sooner rather than later.

  • Dean

    I used to live in Lahore working as an engineering contractor on a dam. This is not uncommon even in the big cities of Pakistan, where women and girls curse the day they were born.

  • jason taylor

    A Western culture that permits abortion and thinks unwanted pregnancy the worst of disgraces has no right to preen. How is abortion different from honor-killing?

    • wsk

      Good point.

    • ebonystone

      The main difference is that in the West, abortion is only permitted during the first nine months of life; in Islam it's permitted (for females) for one's entire life. Both stem from the view that the victim is not fully human and is merely a possession of another. In the West the fetus is merely a possession of the mother, who can do as she wishes with it. In Islam the female is always the possession of a male — father, husband, brother, etc.

    • chris king

      After raising you child for 15 years, and then with a blink of a eye shoot her dead after being raped? You see no difference? Disgusting…….

    • Dearrna

      You surely must be joking – most abortions are carried out under 6 weeks – it takes 10 – 14 days for a egg to even implant b4 a pregnancy test can show positive so u remove 2 weeks in reality. It is a set of cells at this point – not a fully formed human.

      I agree abortion after 12 weeks is wrong – but you cannot class the average abortion ( only legal til 12 weeks in general ) with honor killings in ANY way, shape of form!

    • Tony.

      I agree also. I do not agree with honor killings or abortions. How can any one say there is a difference?
      How can you legitimize the killing of a fetus no matter how old, even as a cell. We all started that way. The Church forbids abortion completely. How can you call yourself a Catholic yet consider an abortion o.k just because it is less than 12 weeks old. A life is a life from the moment of conception, anything less is just the same as scientists and medical doctors trying to convince themselves all is well, instead of them facing the true reality that they are murderers. God will judge in the end. Pray your choice is right.

  • Bibi

    This seems like an overly one-sided article to me, and it makes me suspicious that you don’t even know that Kurdistan isn’t even in Pakistan. I think some proper research would be a good idea.

  • http://frontpagemag.com Truth Detector

    Honor Killing a poor innocent girl for being raped by Muslim male beasts is yet another reason to call Islam a Crime Syndicate.

    WE MUST DESTROY THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF ISLAM BEFORE THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF ISLAM DESTROYS US.

    The reason that Islam doesn't believe in abortion is that it needs an army that can do more damage later in life. Muslim Suicide Bombers come to mind.

  • scgoodwin

    It is disgusting….. Muslim men in general treat their livestock better that they treat their women. The more I hear and read about these backward, repressed societies, the harder I scratch my head. If having sex out of marriage is punishable by death… why arent the men put to death..? Or does that law only apply to women. I just don't get it. In this day and age, the cops everywhere use 'rape kits' for collecting evidence, does Pakistan gather the evidence or is it all hear-say? After several days of forcible rape, there should be plenty of evidence to gather, regardless of 'testimony'. I feel sad for all the women of Islam, they have certainly gotten a raw deal. Congratulations to the family for standing up and doing what is RIGHT…. bring charges to the offenders. I hope that she gets the justice she deserves. What kind of retarded system of justice expects the VICTIM to be punished (killed) for something completely out of their control…… DISGUSTING…!!!!

    • Ginny

      You clearly buy the propaganda, you ass. I know plenty of Muslim men who adore their wives snd daughters. Jesus, if the KKK are not representative of all white Christians, then why are these "Muslims" representatives of the 1.6 billion Muslims on earth?

  • Sadiqa

    It is the Backward pakistani culture that is to blame. These people just use religion as an excuse or defense. They say they are Muslims but they actually have no morals, manners or decency. When they have a little bit of money or power they become very bold and do all kinds of malicious things. It is the Devil they are working with and they shall all surely burn in hell in agony for eternity. The young girl may hopefully get some help from good people working in the name of Allah and along with her family find some comfort and peace.This is what our religion teaches us. That no matter what kind of terrible misfortune or problem in your life, if your patiently persevere with it you will succeed. The anti Islamists should stop time wasting misinformation Campaign and start caring about the suffering of their fellow humans….before it becomes too late for their own souls

    • Nasiha

      Um. No. It's backwards RURAL COUNTRY Pakistani culture. Sort of like the redneck white trash of America. It's not Islam, and it's certainly not Pakistani culture. Pakistani culture is the clothes and food and art. It is not murder. Way to perpetuate the wrong idea, you ignoramus.

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  • Margaret

    how utterly sad, deplorable, and incomprehensible.

  • Breezy boo

    In Jesus's time they were called Pharisees.

  • lea

    i don't even want to read comments above….this theme doesn't need any discussion about cultural differences and traditions… everything what happened to this little girl is the worst thing any normal woman can imagine….it's even worse than being killed or tortured…..
    .it doesn't need any discussions…those men deserve the worst punishment that exists on earth …no matter it's Pakistan or England….no one should be able to treat women like this…and than blame woman and kill her…
    "honor killing"- it would be funny if it was not so horrifying…………traditions??? and you call this traditions…it's maniacal and horrifying acting…and please don't start here stating that, Pakistan has its traditions and religion ..etc….i'm shocked…at the end, we all are human beings , and we all are equal , no matter in which countries we live…some people are just luckier , that they weren't born in a such horrible place…
    i cried a lot after i read this article and , especially after i thought that…there are lots of women in the same situation…in countries like Pakistan …..
    sorry, i don't want to be rude…i respect traditions of every culture…but people who treat women like this and think that it's normal…are ANIMALS…they use religion and traditions as masks…they have no culture and intellect…..
    i highly hope that everyone will pay for their sins sooner or later…i hope

  • Al Hudson

    How can a person make a donation to help this family?

  • Jesus

    muslim is pure evil….

  • God

    Fuck Pakistan.

    • iconofucker

      Actually, fuck religion. Starting with islam.