Oscar Win Shines Light on Pakistan Efforts to Stop ‘Honor Killings’ – The New York Times

“KARACHI, Pakistan — The latest Academy Award for a filmmaker from Pakistan is focusing attention on so-called honor killings of women in the country, with the prime minister and other senior officials vowing to strengthen laws against the practice.From Our AdvertisersOn Sunday, the filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, won the Oscar for best documentary short for her film “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” which depicts the survivor of an attempted honor killing who was forced to publicly forgive her family for trying to murder her.Human rights activists in Pakistan have been pressing the state for decades to halt the attacks, in which family members believe they are restoring their honor by killing women who have eloped or had an unsanctioned relationship outside marriage. But such attacks have remained common, with more than 700 women killed in Pakistan in 2014 alone, according to statistics by the Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights advocacy group.”

Source: Oscar Win Shines Light on Pakistan Efforts to Stop ‘Honor Killings’ – The New York Times