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Honor killings: in America?

Updated on February 21, 2013
Make up is considered "Too Westernized "
Make up is considered "Too Westernized " | Source
Not abiding by an "arranged marriage" can get you killed
Not abiding by an "arranged marriage" can get you killed | Source

Honor Killings : In America?
Do some of us really live in the land of the free, or do some of us live in a free country by old country rules and consequences?Even if the law consequences can mean the death penalty in America in some cases of murder. What are Honor killings in other countries and deemed perfectly acceptable and considered to restore honor to a family, is considered murder in America.


An honor killing is the killing of a family member or a member of a group of people that brings dishonor to one's family.


Usually, this person is usually female, and crimes consist of out of wedlock and homosexual offenses.
In America, dishonoring your family can be what American women do everyday and that's wear make up. Other religions frown upon wearing make up in their religions but the hardly kill their women for that violation. They can be killed for the music the choose,refusing "arranged" marriages, having a boyfriend,just exercising their RIGHT as a free citizen of our country, if they become "too Westernized".

There are approximately 20,000 reported cases or proven cases of honor killings worldwide a year. It is Hard to say just how many and how many honor killings occur in America accurately, because the families protect so diligently the person that did the killing. Not out of fear to talking, In some cases of course fear, but mostly because they view things as the killer, the person dishonored the family and the only way to restore that honor is to take that persons life.
Often, the family of the killer will protect the killer of the person who dishonored the families. There are laws as of this writing in motion to protect our citizen's better from these honor killings.
We do know that honor killings are on the rise in American Society. The question? Why move or live in a country where our everyday life is considered to bring dishonor to ones family? This writer and the people I asked had no answer for that.


The law enforcement agencies are being made more aware of what could be "honor killings" and not to assume what looks like an accident is really an accident.
The public is being made more aware of "honor killings" and the injustice ofthem, As a result we are starting to see more help for women that could be victim's or need to get away from a potentially life threatening situation.
The FBI investigating another case caught an honor killing on tape, they didn't know they had it until they reviewed the tapes, by then, it was too late. It was chilling what I heard of it.
WE are trying to pass laws to help these women get (over 90% are women) help faster.Hopefully, make them feel safer if they feel like they are going to be the victim of an honor killing to get away, seek help.
Hope for the future....
Everyone will live by the same rules and have the same rights in this country. Our soldiers DIE for our FREEDOM. That FREEDOM is not for a select few here, it's for every legal citizen here in America. Hopefully, in the future we can eliminate honor killings in this country and we can aLL live in the freedom our founding fathers had in mind when they founded this country on freedom for EVERYONE.
- Ruth McCollum

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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Great hub to draw our attention to this horrific custom.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    I had no idea this was happening in America. Great informative hub..Thank you..

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    Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    thankyou, it's good to be back. I'll go into more detail on the next piece I'm writing about. You are always so sweet. I have to go see what you've been up too. You were one of my favorite writers here. I read your work all the time! I loved it. So i hope there's plenty more for me to read. I highly recommend you to my friends billy.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Hi Rusti! Good to see you writing again.

    Honestly I knew what honor killings were but I never associated them with the U.S. How naive of me. Thank you for the education and I agree 100%.