03 October 2016

Man says he had ‘no choice’ but to shoot his sister to death after she married a Christian

The Associated Press has released a positively chilling video interview with a Pakistani man who killed his teenage sister in cold blood because she had defied his orders and married a Christian man.

In the interview, conducted in a jailhouse in Lahore, Pakistan, Mubeen Rajhu, his hands in shackles, talks about the motive behind his crime. In August, he walked into the kitchen of his family’s home carrying a pistol and, with his mother and another sister looking on, raised the gun and fired a single shot into his sister Tasleem’s head, killing her. She was 18.

“I could not let it go. It was all I could think about. I had to kill her,” Rajhu told the AP. “There was no choice. There was no yelling, no shouting. I just shot her dead.”

How he reached a decision to kill his sister is nearly as sad and disturbing as is his carrying out the brutal crime. According to the AP, Rajhu had always loved his little sister. She’d been a devout Muslim, he said.

But when Rajhu’s co-workers at the steel mill where he worked in Lahore started seeing Tasleem around town with a Christian man, the bullying began — bullying that they freely and gleefully admit took place and amused them. [Women In The World] Read more