‘Honour and Violence: Gender, Power and Law in Southern Pakistan’ — A Book by Nafisa Shah


The practice of karo kari allows family, especially fathers, brothers and sons, to take the lives of their daughters, sisters and mothers if they are accused of adultery. This volume examines the central position of karo kari in the social, political and juridical structures in Upper Sindh, Pakistan. Drawing connections between local contests over marriage and resources, Nafisa Shah unearths deep historical processes and power relations. In particular, she explores how the state justice system and informal mediations inform each other in state responses to karo kari, and how modern law is implicated in this seemingly ancient cultural practice.

About the Author:

Nafisa Shah is a Member of the National Assembly in the Pakistan Parliament from the Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP). She is Member of the Standing Committee for Finance, Economic Affairs, and Privatisation and of Foreign Affairs, and Planning and Development. Shah has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University.

In 2001, Shah was elected as mayor of Khairpur district, and her exemplary performance won her many accolades which included her nominations as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum’s and as one of 1000 women in a collective nomination for Nobel Award in 2004.

In the last parliament, Shah served as secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, which was instrumental in steering rights based legislation particularly on women’s rights.