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Maps For Lost Lovers

by Nadeem Aslam

Maps For Lost Lovers
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    May 2005, 400 pages
    May 2006, 400 pages

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Honor Killings: Map For Lost Lovers explores many issues within the Muslim community, including the central theme of honor killings. According to Amnesty International, an average of 2 women are killed each day in Pakistan for 'betraying the honor of the family' (the reasons for this loss of honor could range from infidelity, including being the victim of rape, through to simply being a bad cook). Last year, President Pervez Musharraf signed a bill making honor killings an explicit criminal act punishable by death. Prior to this it was possible to be acquitted in most cases under a "grave and sudden provocation" clause.

In 2002 UNICEF estimated that 5,000 women were being killed in India alone each year because their dowries were considered insufficient. 

According to The United Nations Population Fund, on a global level:

  • One in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way.
  • At least 60 million girls who would ...

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