In an alleged disgraced murder case, a nine-year-old boy shot and killed his aunt after his family asked him to commit the crime in a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province, police said Wednesday.
The incident took place on Tuesday in the village of Chak 104-SB in Sargodha, the village of 200 km away from Lahore.
Police say the boy was trained by his family to use the gun to kill his paternal aunt. The 30-year-old victim had married a man of his choice a decade ago against the wishes of his family. However, the family later reconciled with the woman, they said.
On Tuesday, the woman, a mother of three, visited her maternal uncle’s home to attend a family ceremony. During the service, her nine-year-old nephew opened fire on her and killed her on the spot, police said.
“After the incident, the boy and his family fled the scene,” said a police officer. “The boy’s father had trained him to use the weapon. It seems that his family members told him to open fire on his aunt,” he added.
Dishonor killings are common in Pakistan. According to Human Rights Watch, over 1,000 women have killed annually in Pakistan in the name of ”dishonor” — ”unacceptable” amorous relationships, defiance of physical or cyber-gendered spaces, brazenness in dressing, and language or perceived immorality.