• Mr. Speaker, right now, this very moment, a woman in Pakistan is hiding from her husband in a squat brick house.
  • She is covered from head to toe, only showing her eyes.
  • She lives in constant fear, every second of the day.
  • Why is she hiding?
  • Because her husband is trying to kill her.
  • An honor killing, it is deemed.
  • And sadly she is not alone.
  • Honor killings in Pakistan are a common practice.
  • When it is believed a woman has brought dishonor to her family or gone against their will, she is murdered.
  • But there is nothing honorable in hacking, beating or stoning a woman--a wife, a mother, a sister--to death.
  • The existing laws do not protect women from this unthinkable crime, because the idea is supported by the local community.
  • No woman should have to live in constant fear of the man she married, because Mr. Speaker, there is no such thing as an honor killing.
  • And that's just the way it is.