A GIRL IN THE RIVER:
It is a ”Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s” film about an attempted honour killing in Pakistan. It creates a perfect opportunity to end impunity for relatives who kill women taking them as a source of family dishonour.
Here is it’s trailer___–
Saba was 18 when he fled to marry a young man she loved. When her father contacted the house, he was supposed to be reconciled and his uncle was beaten and shot in the head, placed in a bag and thrown into a river in Pakistan. They said he had brought disgrace to his family and that they had done “right”.
Surprisingly, Saba survived and was able to get help. However, while his father and uncle were arrested, authorities were forced to drop charges because of a loophole in Pakistani law allowing perpetrators to release if the victim or family “forgives” the victim.
Faced with intense pressure from the elders of their community, Saba was forced to forgive his father and uncle, and to give up hope for justice.
Every year in Pakistan, more than 1000 women and girls die violently, presumably in the name of honor. Because of this gap, the killers are still walking freely. Shooting, choking, burning or stoning, wives, daughters and mothers who were killed by mere suspicion, or a false accusation of the most trivial things.
According to the Commission on Human Rights, these killings increased by 15% between 2013 and 2014, when 1005 cases were reported. As it is, the law of honor crimes is considered a crime against the individual and not the state, so the victim can choose to forgive the offender. If the victim survives, he is pressed to forgive and if he is killed as happens in most cases your family has the right to forgive the culprit. So when a father kills his daughter, his wife can forgive him. When the brother kills his sister, his parents can forgive him. In essence, this means that there is impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.
The story of a strong girl ”Saba” in Obaid-Chinoy’s movie ”A girl in the river (The price of forgiveness)” which won on Sunday the Academy Award for best short documentary film. Together with directors and change.org and Equality Now, which has worked on the issue for more than two decades, the strongest defense of law in Pakistan, to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are prosecuted for honor crimes without a possibility of settlement or forgiveness. It is crucial that this gap closed to a convicted person can not escape accountability.