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The victims of honor killings are largely teenage daughters or young women.
Unlike ordinary domestic violence, honor killings often involve multiple family members as perpetrators.
Often, they deny honor crimes completely and say the victim simply went missing or committed suicide.
Nevertheless, honor crimes are increasingly visible in the media.
Families that kill for honor will threaten girls and women if they refuse to cover their hair, their faces, or their bodies or act as their family's domestic servant; wear makeup or Western clothing; choose friends from another religion; date; seek to obtain an advanced education; refuse an arranged marriage; seek a divorce from a violent husband; marry against their parents' wishes; or behave in ways that are considered too independent, which might mean anything from driving a car to spending time or living away from home or family.
Aamir Latif, a correspondent for the website Islam Online who writes frequently on the issue, reported that in 2007 in the Punjab province of Pakistan alone, there were 1,261 honor murders. The Aurat Foundation, a Pakistani nongovernmental organization focusing on women's empowerment, found that the rate of honor killings was on track to be in the hundreds in 2008. There are very few studies of honor killing, however, as the motivation for such killings is cleansing alleged dishonor and the families do not wish to bring further attention to their shame, so do not cooperate with researchers.On February 12, 2009, Muzzammil Hassan informed police that he had beheaded his wife.