Pakistani Woman Survives Being Shot and Dumped in Canal by Family

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June 5 2014 5:24 PM

Pakistani Woman Survives Being Shot and Dumped in Canal by Family

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Pakistani human rights activists carry a symbolic coffin on International Women's Day in Islamabad in March 2014.

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Police authorities in Pakistan say an 18-year-old survived being shot and dumped in a canal by her family because she married a man they didn't approve of, Reuters reports. Saba Maqsood was shot by her father, uncle, brother and aunt in the attempted "honor killing," then put into a sack and left for dead in a waterway in Hafizabad, a city in the Punjab province.

Masqood violated her family’s wishes by marrying five days ago. Injured on her cheek and right hand, she was rescued by passerby after regaining consciousness and making her way out of the bank of the canal where she'd been left.

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Late last month, a pregnant 25-year-old woman was killed by a mob of family members in a similar incident, one which turned even darker when her chosen husband told reporters he had strangled his first wife to death. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said that 869 "honor killing" cases were reported by the media last year.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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