The accused has been identified as Shahzeb, and he has been declared a fugitive by the police.
In Mianwali, a one-week-old girl was shot dead by her father because he desired a son. The incident occurred in Punjab’s Mohalla Noorpura, according to the police.
Following the murder, the accused fled the scene. He is currently on the run, according to the police.
Nilufer Bakhtiar, Chairperson of the National Commission for the Dignity of Women, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the perpetrator committed the crime due to a lack of a boy. She promised that the perpetrator would be brought to justice. Nilufer Bakhitar also stated that Pakistan’s constitution protects human rights, particularly women’s rights, and that women’s rights are especially important.
In Pakistan, similar cases of familicide are not uncommon. To spite his wife, a father allegedly suffocated his six-year-old daughter to death earlier this year. His wife threatened divorce, prompting her husband to murder their daughter in retaliation.
Women’s violence is at an all-time high. Between July and December 2021, police in Punjab reported 2,439 women raped, 9,529 women kidnapped, and 90 women killed in the name of ‘honour.’
Daughters have traditionally been seen as a financial burden in South Asian households. In order to have a son, couples avoid contraceptive methods and have multiple children, according to a 2022 study by the London School of Economics. Mothers of sons are more involved in household decisions than mothers of only daughters, according to a previous study.