Two teenage sisters were murdered in Pakistan after they were accused of tarnishing their family’s name by making a video of themselves dancing in the rain.
Noor Basra, 15, and Noor Sheza, 16, were killed by five gunmen after their clip dancing around caused outrage in their ultra-conservative town.
Basra and Sheza were playing outside their home in Chilas.
An initial investigation, quoted by Dawn, suggested that the girls’ stepbrother, named as Khutore, considered the video an “assault on the honour of his family” and carried out the attack. Officers are also examining whether a property dispute or an audio clip – in which the girls are apparently heard talking to an unknown man – might be a motive.
Human rights activist Atiya Jehan was quoted by Yahoo7 as saying “the video of the sisters breaking into dance and flashing a smile at the camera became a big issue in Chillas area.”
According to the Mirror, their mother Noshehra was also shot. Police suspect that the murders were ordered by the sisters’ step-brother to restore the family’s ‘honour’.