The law related to honour killings i.e. karokari, came into being in 2004. However, contrary to popular belief, the law does not stand on its own with its own offences. Instead it made a number of amendments to other legislation including the PPC. Therefore, the latest versions of these laws carry the laws relating to honour killings and the procedures and punishments of those legislations will be applicable in deciding cases of honour killings.
Provision of Laws:
Whoever, with the intention of causing death or with the intention of causing bodily injury to a person, by doing an act which in the ordinary course of nature is likely to cause death, or with-the knowledge that his act is so imminently dangerous that it must in all probability cause death, causes the death of such person, is said to commit qatl-e-amd.
302. Punishment of qatl-i-amd:
Whoever commits qatl-i-amd shall, subject to the provisions of this Chapter be:
- punished with death as qisas;
- punished with death or imprisonment for life as ta’zir having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, if the proof in either of the forms specified in section 304 is not available; or
- punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to twenty-five years, where according to the Injunctions of Islam the punishment of qisas is not applicable.
In this Chapter, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context:
- “offence committed in the name or on the pretext of honour” means an offence committed in the name or on the pretext of karokari, siyahkari or similar other customs or practices;