In Satrah, Punjab recently the esteem that had been cruelly stripped from one family was blissfully restored when Dilshad Bibi, acting with great dignity, honorably slashed open his daughter’s throat in front of a crowd of esteemed onlookers. Ignominy had been visited upon the family when the 17-year old girl, Muafia Bibi, gave in to the shameful human vice of feeling love for another person, in this case Sajjah Ahmed, 30, who callously returned her affections and married her, thereby contributing to the infamy of a family whose esteem was closed tied to dictating the girl’s destiny. Faced with this disgrace, the father and uncles of the girl made the obvious decision to lure Muafia back to the security of her home, ambush the couple, bind them, torture them, gag them, and slit their throats before the good people of the community, taking care that children be present to watch the two bleed to death as a lesson in how upright people should behave. While barbarous calls for condemnation have come from around the world, and the three have been shamefully arrested, the family can take comfort in the fact that they are not alone, and 900 such honor killings were reported in Pakistan last year, with the actual number thought to be far higher, including two young women who were shot for shamefully dancing happily in the rain in a cell phone video. Decency, however, requires such eternal vigilance over the autonomy of women.