Two teenage sisters shot dead in Pakistan for dancing in the rain

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Five gunmen killed Noor Basra, 15, Noor Sheza, 16, and their mother, Noshehra, after a video of the three dancing in traditional garb in the rain went viral. It is believed stepbrother Khutore ordered the death as an 'honor' killing for the video. He has since been arrested.


Two teenage sisters have been shot dead in Pakistan for allegedly dancing in the rain.

Sisters Noor Basra, 15, Noor Sheza, 16, and their mother, Noshehra, were shot dead by five gunmen after a video of the two girls enjoying the rain shower in traditional dress spread throughout their conservative northern town.

The sisters' stepbrother is now being blamed for ordering their deaths on June 23 in an effort to restore the family's "honor" six months after the video surfaced.

That 22-year-old stepbrother, Khutore, has since been arrested for carrying out the attack according to police

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  1. This story has made me very sad. It was raining in Wyoming yesterday and I saw kids splashing in puddles as I ran home for lunch. The fact that if they had been on the other side of the world their very life would be in danger for taking pleasure in the natural wonders of the world–well, I am just happy there are a few of us that see more clearly.

  2. Recall that the US attorney general Ashcroft spent $8000 of the taxpayer’s money for two gowns for statues.

    A Puritan is a man who cannot get over the fact he was born naked in bed with a woman.

    What is going on in their heads? A religion convinced them they should not feel desire for any sort of pleasure. They try mightily to suppress. They see someone enjoying themself. They feel resentment. They are angry they are suffering and this person makes no effort to wear a hair shirt. It is the same mechanism that makes gay closet cases attack gays.

    The essential problem is a religion is using a filthy trick to control people.

  3. I’ve never understood and I never will, how it is more socially acceptable to have a murderer in the family than a rape victim, someone in love or most extraordinarily in this case, someone happy.

    Well congratulations Khutore, now your family has truly been dishonoured. BY YOU. Unlike your step-mother and step-sisters you really are a worthy target of an honour killing.

    • In reply to #5 by N_Ellis:

      I’ve never understood and I never will, how it is more socially acceptable to have a murderer in the family than a rape victim, someone in love or most extraordinarily in this case, someone happy.

      Well congratulations Khutore, now your family has truly been dishonoured. BY YOU. Unlike your step-m…

      No No No. There is no honour in killing.It may be, under exceptional circumstances, necessary. It is never right and never never honourable.

  4. I contrast sombre piety with dancing in the rain; for me, this is what the fight with religion is all about.

    The article also contains this horror item:

    This latest tragedy comes one year after four women were executed for singing and dancing with men at a wedding in a remote village of Kohistan in northwest Pakistan.
    Tribal elders ordered the women to be shot dead for allegedly tarnishing their families’ names by their acts of “fornication.”
    Women and men dancing is a strict violation of Sharia law with about a thousand “honor killings” taking place in Pakistan annually to amend acts like this, according to women’s rights group the Aurat Foundation.
    Of those killings committed nearly 77 percent end in the acquittal of criminals, according to Human Rights Commission activist Tahira Abdullah.

  5. At least they had to dance in the rain in order to bring dishonor upon their family. For much of the female population of Pakistan, the mere act of stepping outside unescorted and without their faces covered is more than sufficient grounds for a stoning.

  6. It is yet another disgusting example of how sick and twisted religion is…

    Sadly, so is this awful story

    One day last month, someone asked him for a free cup. “Not even if the Prophet himself returns,” he had replied, laughing. That remark was a death sentence.”

    • In reply to #12 by Neodarwinian:

      I am sure there will be apologists for even this heinous act of barbarity.

      This has nothing to do with religion. This whole incident was brought about by American imperialism. ::eyeroll::

      • In reply to #21 by Skeptic:

        In reply to #12 by Neodarwinian:

        I am sure there will be apologists for even this heinous act of barbarity.

        This has nothing to do with religion. This whole incident was brought about by American imperialism. ::eyeroll::

        “I think religion is basically a neutral vessel… and there is nothing intrinsic about religion for the good or for the bad.” Scott Atran 3 minutes and 20 seconds into his talk at the Belief 2007 Conference, “Enlightenment 2.0.”

      • In reply to #21 by Skeptic:

        In reply to #12 by Neodarwinian:

        I am sure there will be apologists for even this heinous act of barbarity.

        This has nothing to do with religion. This whole incident was brought about by American imperialism. ::eyeroll:: Not from the left there won’t be any apologists.

    • In reply to #13 by finchfinder:

      The religious never seem to enjoy the world their gods created. I imagine not laughing or joking must shrivel their brains.

      That seems to be true. There always seems to be that masochistic sacrifice, persecution, and martyrdom element. I can’t think of a modern western religion that celebrates sex, for example, even though it is the one free amusement built into every human body (and from my experience, into dogs and birds as well). And then there are all those ‘cleanliness’ rituals, mikvah, baptism, ritual wishing at the mosque and I won’t even bring up female genital mutilation. (Oops. I seem to have brought it up.)

  7. Is this true? Can this be true!

    Madness, induced by idiotic blind faith ignorance and fear of sex.

    All “honour” has been sacrificed, but I’ll wager that no shame is felt.

    How vile!

    • In reply to #17 by Dave H:

      Pakistan, where fun is punishable by death. But only if you’re female, so that’s alright, then.

      FFS, so that boy in the story above was not murdered? [Last line removed by moderator to bring in line with Terms of Use]

  8. MeIM # 6.

    And our old duffer The Archbishop of Canterbury suggested that some elements of Sharia Law be adopted in the UK.

    A suggestion that reminded me of an expression containing the words ‘thin’ and ‘wedge’.

    “God’s Law” is predicated on the existance of God; what the religious don’t seem to understand is that simply believeing in something doesn’t make it true.

    The real world is such a difficult place isn’t it.

  9. Is it not evolution at play in both gene and meme when the fun-loving, free thinking and happy are killed, leaving the fearful, pious and miserable to breed and indoctrinate onwards and downwards, into an ever accelerating spiral of shitness and even more fucking beards?

  10. Would like to see this video, think I know why it went viral. It offered a glimmer of joyful hope! Spontaneous creativity is not just beautiful, it is impossible to control absolutely.

  11. Dancing in the rain brings dishonor to a family? Pull the other one! Bringing dishonor to one’s family does not merit being killed; there is simply no comparison between the two … unless … (here I am struggling to understand this monstrosity) … women really are regarded as so cheap. But how in any case did those three women dishonor their family? Was it that they were outside the house without a male chaperon? Was it their exposure via the video to numberless strangers? I really do struggle to comprehend this vile treatment of relatives. Whatever embarrassment the three women’s video may have caused some in the family has been incomparably outweighed by the disgrace and dishonor those who murdered them have brought on that woeful family.

  12. Pakistan is so mean and strict compared to nearby Bollywood…….Humans all naturally dance, sing and laugh….Why try to deny this ???? These young girls were killed for enjoying themselves – for being human ???……Primitive people are so concerned with what the neighbours will say that they’d rather kill their own family ?? Bloody criminals…. However I’m a bit suspicious of the step brothers motive – maybe he just wanted rid of the step sisters and their mother ? It may have been nothing to do with honour even though that’s even worse and not a reason for killing either….

  13. “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” Horace.

    What moment could be more right than rain falling in the desert, how happy they must have been as sisters free to laugh with no care in the world than to enjoy each others company. Spare a moment to think how their mother would have looked on them, so full of joy at the picture before her, she herself would have felt such a glow.

    And now why don’t the religious community come forward and explain to me in what possible way this image could be offensive to ANYONE! Not just the monumentally arrogant and ego-maniacal delusion peddlers of Islam, but any of the theocratic gits and their spineless apologist panderers! Honour? Do me a favour and shut the f**k up please, you are violent murderous pigs, end of story!

    This is a part of human expression as old as our species has existed and was well understood in the Greek and Roman times, indeed it was a cornerstone of society (plays, poets, theatre, carnivals etc) and still is, in the civilised world. Why is it not understood now then? Oh yes of course I almost forgot, we’re talking about “the religion of peace”, I find it quite amazing how people can even say the words “moderate Islam” any more without being violently sick at their own hypocrisy!

    Don’t forget that most western countries send “aid” money to Pakistan, as a British citizen I think this is something that needs to be considered very carefully if such atrocities are not in the minority, which I suspect they are not.

    • In reply to #37 by maziluflorin84:

      I’m curious regarding the reaction of women around the world that converted to the islamic religion. Do they still believe that their religion is all about love?

      Many women are so brainwashed that they actually believe they are freed by Islam. I had heard several women saying that Islam and wearing the hijab etc liberates women. When people get that far brainwashed there is nothing you can do for them.

      • In reply to #38 by Valentino:

        In reply to #37 by maziluflorin84:

        I’m curious regarding the reaction of women around the world that converted to the islamic religion. Do they still believe that their religion is all about love?

        Many women are so brainwashed that they actually believe they are freed by Islam. I had heard several women saying that Islam and wearing the hijab etc liberates women. When people get that far brainwashed there is nothing you can do for them.

        There is one thing you can do for them: you can respect them and their ability to make their own decisions and not patronise them by saying they must have been brainwashed, the weak-minded fools.

        maziluflorin84’s question was about women who convert to Islam, not those who were raised in the faith. The former are much less likely to have been brainwashed. The Jesuit boast “Give me the Child for the first seven years and I’ll give you the [wo]man” doesn’t apply.

        If freedom is anything, it’s first and foremost a state of mind. Call me crazy but I think if someone honestly believes themself to be liberated then that person is at least to some extent free, and nothing you or I can say will change that.

        I’ve heard some of the arguments that the hijab can liberate women too. That’s can, not does; I hope the distinction isn’t lost on you.
        It usually comes down to the idea that in Western society women are sexualised from a ridiculously early age, and that focus on our bodies will continue until a time when our sexuality is no longer of any value, at which point we can be dismissed.

        No matter how smart we are, or how accomplished, our physicality will always be an issue in a way it just isn’t with men. Is Angelina Jolie a movie star or a former movie star?

        That is what the women you dismiss and insist must have been brainwashed mean when they say the trappings of their religion frees them: it takes the pressure off them always to look good; to be shaved and plucked and toned and tanned and coiffured and painted and thin and young and hot.

        • In reply to #39 by Katy Cordeth:

          In reply to #38 by Valentino:

          In reply to #37 by maziluflorin84:

          I’m curious regarding the reaction of women around the world that converted to the islamic religion. Do they still believe that their religion is all about love?

          Many women are so brainwashed that they actually believe they are freed by Islam. I had heard several women saying that Islam and wearing the hijab etc liberates women. When people get that far brainwashed there is nothing you can do for them.

          There is one thing you can do for them: you can respect them and their ability to make their own decisions and not patronise them by saying …

          Indeed, the girls which have converted to Islam are not entirely brainwashed, but they are pretty gullible. Either because of their education, past relationships, insecure daddies etc.

      • In reply to #38 by Valentino:

        In reply to #37 by maziluflorin84:

        I’m curious regarding the reaction of women around the world that converted to the islamic religion. Do they still believe that their religion is all about love?

        Many women are so brainwashed that they actually believe they are freed by Islam. I had heard several women saying that Islam and wearing the hijab etc liberates women. When people get that far brainwashed there is nothing you can do for them.

        That’s sad.

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