|Honor killings are executed for instances of rape, infidelity , flirting or any other instance perceived as disgracing the family's honor.
Every year, hundreds of women and girls are "honorably" killed in the Middle East by male family members. The "honor killing" is athorny socialand political issue. Palestinian activists campaigning for equality find it difficult to stop the killings altogether. Legitimacy for such murders stems from a complex code of honor ingrained in the consciousness of some sectors of Palestinian society.
What is "honor killing"?
As you may well know, there are certain unfortunate countries, such as Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt & others where -- girls and women are murdered by male family members each year in the name of family honor.
Honor killings are executed for instances of rape,infidelity, flirting or any other instance perceived as disgracing the family's honor, and the woman is then killed by a male relative to restore the family's name in the community. Many women are killed based on suspicions of a family member and are not given the chance to defend themselves. The allegation alone is enough to defile a man's or family's honor and is therefore enough to justify the killing of the woman. The men who commit the murder typically go unpunished or receive reduced sentences.
Honor killings have been reported in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Honor killings tend to be prevalent in countries with a majority Muslim population, but many Islamic leaders and scholars condemn the practice and deny that it is based on religious doctrine. Honor killing is actually a pre-Islamic, tribal custom stemming from the patriarchal society's interest in keeping strict control over familial power structures.
|Every year, hundreds of women and girls are "honorably" killed in the Middle East by male family members.
Current status of "honor killings"
Many people find the practice of honor killings to be unacceptable, but the practice still continues. In some countries such as Jordan, Morocco and Syria, "honor crimes" arelegally sanctionedand defense of the family honor is considered a mitigating factor.
"Honor killings" in the news
Article 340 of the Penal Code of Jordan used to contain an exemption from penalty if a man killed his wife or female relative after finding her "committing adultery with another." This Article has since been repealed, but there are other Articles that allow for a reduced sentence if the men were "provoked" into performing the murder. Article 548 of the Penal Code of Syria also provides an exemption from penalty if a man kills or injures his wife or female after finding her committing adultery or other "illegitimate sexual acts with another."
Sixteen-year-old Hsehu Yones was stabbed to death by her father, Abdullah Jones, on October 12, 2002, for having a Christian boyfriend and becoming "Westernized". According to Scotland yard, the stabbing is believed to be among 12 honor killings in the UK last year. On September 29th, 2003 Abdullah Jones was given a life sentence for his crime, showing the intolerance of honor killings in the UK.
Two young Berlin Turks protested publicly against so-called honor killings in January, 2006. Besides positive reactions and media interest, they also reaped tense responses from family members and schoolmates.
Journalist Güner Y. Balciinitiateda postcard campaign against so-called "honor killings" in the Berlin girls' club "MaDonna," in early 2005, after a young Turkish woman was killed on the streets of Berlin by her brother. Balci asked young people to let themselves be photographed for it. Seventeen-year-old Sinan and his one year younger friend Saithan immediately agreed.
They thought it was important to publicly set an example against violence and repression. "Honor is fighting for my sister's freedom!" read the slogan on the postcard, of which 20,000 were printed and circulated last year.