Pakistani man says his 17-year-old daughter was mauled by dogs and shot to death in front of him over a land dispute disguised as a so-called "honour killing."The girl's father claims that the tribal council chaired by a local chieftain declared his daughter an adulterer in May to mask the land-grab and the involvement of others.
Female senators in Pakistan are staging a walkout from the federal parliament to press for action on better protections for women after a national newspaper published details of the girl's death.Human rights groups say hundreds of women are killed by male relatives every year in Pakistan for alleged infidelity or other perceived slights to the family name.Activists say many more cases go unreported.
In August, a Pakistani legislator drew fierce criticism after describing a case in which five women were allegedly buried alive for trying to choose their husbands as the product of "centuries-old traditions" that he would defend.In both cases, the allegations surrounding the women's deaths remain unproven.Pakistan's government, now led by the liberal party of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has vowed to improve women's rights in Pakistan.
Former president Pervez Musharraf had made similar moves despite opposition from hardline Islamic groups.
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