THE brutal killing of a 17-year old girl, Tasleem Solangi, who was thrown in front of hungry dogs by members of her tribe in the name of honour, should be strongly condemned. The incident occurred in March in Khairpur, but came to light when it was reported later in a paper and received the attention of some opposition members, who were shocked by the story particularly because the killers were still at large, staged a walkout from the Senate on Monday. The incident also reflects the way in which women across the country are subjected to torture and exploitation in the name of honour. According to Tasleem's mother, the culprits had first been asking for the property (six acres of land and an animal farm) to be handed over to them, but on refusal they killed the girl, declaring her a 'kari'. Her mother has appealed to the President and CM, in whose constituency the crime occurred, to arrest the criminals who, because of links with the police, were still threatening her. She also said that a few years back, she and her elder daughter were being victimised in a similar manner. This painful fact bears testimony to the fact that a lot more needs to be done to elevate women to their rightful status in society. Just a month back, five girls were buried alive in Balochistan in the name of honour and it is a pity that the culprits are still roaming free. One hopes that the government's conscience wakes up to its duty and the killers of Tasleem Solangi receive exemplary punishment.