Who defends the daughters?

By Ruth Limkin

It’s disturbing for so many reasons.

In a report out of Pakistan, in the Express Tribune, we read:

On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.

Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship. He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were both “without honour”.

It’s disturbing because the rest of the family watched this happen.

It’s disturbing because the brother, surely having an inkling of what may happen, told the father about the illicit relationships.

It’s disturbing because the mother watched her husband shoot six of her daughters, before calling the police.

It’s disturbing because this still happens to women in 2011. Apparently, Pakistan is the third most dangerous country in which to be a woman.

Mostly it is disturbing because it leaves a question lingering, unanswered and perhaps unanswerable.

Who defends the daughters?

Not the brothers it seems. Nor the mothers.

So, who?