Pakistani man kills daughter for not waking him up for Sehri meal: media

In this March 8, 2018 file photo, demonstrators hold banners and shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Islamabad. According to Pakistan's local media, a man allegedly killed his daughter for not waking him up for sehri. The incident was a grim reminder of a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll conducted last year that found Pakistan to be the sixth most dangerous country for women. (Reuters)
Updated 16 May 2019
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Pakistani man kills daughter for not waking him up for Sehri meal: media

  • Thomson Reuters 2018 poll says Pakistan sixth most dangerous country for women
  • Human Rights Watch estimates 1,000 “honor killings” of women in Pakistan each year

ISLAMABAD: A man allegedly killed his daughter for not waking him up for sehri, a pre-dawn meal eaten before a day of fasting begins in the holy month of Ramadan, local media reported on Thursday.
Ramadan marks the month in which the Qur’an was revealed on Prophet Muhammad. Fasting, by abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sunset, is one of the five pillars of Islam, a grueling routine the devout repeat every day for a month. Fasting is meant to bring worshippers closer to God through steady remembrance, reflection and sacrifice and to challenge them to focus on good deeds and thoughts, rather than on material desires and instant gratification.
Pakistan’s Geo News channel reported that Gulzar Ahmed, a resident of Pakpattan in the central Punjab province, had shot his daughter dead because she did not wake him up in the morning for the sehri meal. The news channel reported that police had lodged a case against Ahmed on the complaint of the girl’s uncle Mukhtar Ahmed and an investigation was ongoing.
Ahmed was reportedly at large and police had launched a search to arrest him.
In 2013, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that a man shot his sister in the head in Rawalpindi for not serving him the sehri meal on time.
On July 18, 2013, Shabana Parveen, 23, was visiting her parents’ home from the home of her husband for a few days when she was killed by her brother who was angered that she had not prepared the sehri meal on time.
A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll found Pakistan to be the sixth most dangerous country for women in 2018. A Human Rights Watch report last year estimated that 1,000 “honor killings” — the practice of relatives murdering girls or women because they think the victim has brought shame or dishonor on the family — take place in Pakistan each year.


In Peshawar prison, women inmates share food and prayers in Ramadan

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In Peshawar prison, women inmates share food and prayers in Ramadan

PESHAWAR: Located next to iconic landmarks like the Provincial Assembly and the High Court, the central prison in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar is a handsome old building bursting at the seams with over 1,800 prisoners. 38 of them are women.

The existing building was established in 1854 with an occupancy limit of 425 prisoners, but with the influx of thousands of inmates, a new block is now under construction and slated for completion by the end of the year. 

Inside the prison kitchens, convicted prisoners make round traditional bread and prepare Iftar meals for other inmates. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

The prison department provides basic facilities and food to inmates still under trial and to those convicted in the male, female and juvenile sections. During the month of Ramadan, these facilities extend to include special meals at Iftar, like sweet rice, chicken and potatoes served with a side of milky hot tea. 

A female inmate cooks chicken gravy for herself and other prisoners in the prison barracks before Iftar. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

“We get good food in this month (of Ramadan) and are free to offer our prayers and recite the Holy Quran at any time,” said Shahida, an inmate who has been in the prison for five years but was convicted for murder late last year. 

Acting superintendent of the prison releases prisoners after the court orders arrive. The inmates receive the good news right before Iftar time in Ramadan. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

The large hall of the women’s section has a scattering of beds, but most inmates sleep, eat and pray on quilts spread out on the floor. 

A police officer stands guard outside the entrance to the women’s section in Peshawar’s central jail. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

"Some of the women get sick often,” said Iffat Shaheen, assistant superintendent of the women’s prison section. “Right now we have two pregnancy cases and one case of HIV AIDS, so we try to give them good meals. A few prisoners have small children inside prison with them and they get milk as well.” 

A female inmate gives English lessons to some of the children at the Peshawar central prison. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

Another female inmate convicted for possession of drugs has been in prison for seven months. She declined to be identified but said they had a lot of free time in Ramadan that could be put to good use. 

Women in Peshawar’s central prison spend their days reading the Quran and reciting prayer beads during the month of Ramadan. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)

“This is a helpful time for us to learn skills like handicrafts and sewing,” she said. “When we leave prison, perhaps these things will pave the way for a good, halal living.” 

A woman inmate at Peshawar’s central jail has decorated her hands with henna in anticipation of the holy festival of Eid, which will mark the end of Ramadan. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
Rooh Afza, a popular indigenous drink made from herbs and flowers, is served around Peshawar’s central prison by the bucketfuls before Iftar. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
Weekly menu written out for prisoners at Peshawar’s central jail in Urdu. May 25, 2019. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)