Washington, Aug 30 : A Pakistani man who shot dead his wife, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law for ''honour'' has said he is proud of himself and would do it all again.
Twenty-year-old Muhammad Ismail committed the triple murder last February in a village in central Pakistan, reports the New York Daily News.
Ismail said he turned himself over to police after the killings because he was proud of what he did.
Ismail said his wife flirted with other men and spent many hours away from the home. He said his wife never made him happy.
Last year, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan found that at least 943 women were killed "in the name of honour" in 2011, up by 100 from the total in 2010.
These types of killings come from poor education and law enforcement issues, according to experts.
"There''s no legal basis in traditional Islamic law for killing a woman on the basis of rumors or suspicions about her behavior," said Marion Katz, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
In fact, the Quran states that accusing a woman of sexual misbehavior without strong evidence is a serious offence, she said.
"It''s a culture issue, it''s not an Islamic thing," said T. Kumar, director of International Advocacy for Amnesty International.
Ancient but persisting cultural values emphasizing honor in the community over individual families explain why "honour killings" still happen in some countries, Kumar said. By changing these values and strictly enforcing the law, societies can curb honour killings, Kumar said, adding that he is already starting to see some positive steps being made.
"I have seen a lot of Muslim imams speak out against it. And that seems very effective at the village level, telling people the punishment is too high for anything and that the community must not accept it," he said. (ANI)