Pakistani migrants are the second fastest growing group in the US. 15,000 of them arrived in 2012.
30 to 40 percent of them believe that fathers and husbands have the right to kill and even obligation to kill their daughters and wives.
What are the consequences of that going to be?
Honor killings claim the lives of more than 1,000 Pakistani women every year…
The Pew Research survey did not ask about children marrying without the consent of their parents, but did ask about ending a woman’s life if she engages in premarital sex or adultery. Four-in-ten respondents said that the practice was justified, including three-in-ten (30%) who said it was often justified and 9% who said it was sometimes justified. About half said that ending a woman’s life to protect family honor was rarely (5%) or never (46%) justified.
The term for adultery however can encompass any ‘immorality’. It’s not clear what term the poll used.
Furthermore, women who marry without permission, especially if they are avoiding an arranged marriage, are considered to be committing adultery.
We need to have a serious conversation about the consequences of importing thousands of people a year who believe that women may be killed.