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There is No Honor in Honor Killings

Updated on July 9, 2014

Honor Killings?

Wikipedia defines honors killings as the following: An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the perpetrators' belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their relatives, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, or engaging in homosexual relations. Honor killings are especially targeted against women and homosexuals.Honor killings are usually performed by male family members of a female who has in some way disgraced the family. There are thousands of reported cases of honor killings but in most cases the killings go unreported and unnoticed. In many countries where the honor killings have taken place, little is done to stop the violence to the woman and almost no consequence ever comes to the male family members that were involved in the murder. Many times males go unpunished or receive a very lenient punishment. According National Geographic News “Complicity by other women in the family and the community strengthens the concept of women as property and the perception that violence against family members is a family and not a judicial issue.” Sadly women in the family usually are very supportive of the “honor” killings and support the death of their daughters or sisters.

In Afghanistan alone more than 150 honor killings happen annually. A woman can disgrace a family in many ways such as refusing to marry her family’s predetermined choice for a husband, being perceived as flirting with men, demanding a divorce, failing to have dinner made at the right time, and allowing herself to be raped. Women are treated like goods to be bartered with in these countries and they belong to their fathers until their fathers choose to sell them or barter them away. Women are just objects in certain countries and their deaths are not that important to the community. Judges that rule in many of the countries that still have honor killings today are very ill train in actual legal law and still believe in the tribal laws of the past.

Farzana Parveen 25 years old: Pakistan

On Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 a 25 year old pregnant Pakistani woman was stoned to death by her own family outside a courthouse. The young lady was stoned to death for marrying the man she loved, and not obeying her family. In Pakistan arranged marriages are the norm and Parveen went against the norm. As Parveen was entering the court house to contest an abduction case that her family had filed against her husband; she was grabbed by 20 or more male family members including her father. She was then beaten and stoned to death with bricks from a nearby construction site. This all took place directly outside of a courthouse and with a crowd of bystanders standing by. Parveen was killed by her own family and her father was arrested but will probably face no punishment. He gave this statement following his arrest "I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it,"

18 year old Runaway Amina: Kabul, Afghanistan

Amina was being forced into an arrange marriage by her family when the young 18 year old ran away. Amina was discovered in a bazaar by undercover police and promptly arrested because she was unaccompanied by a close relative, Amina was arrested and subjected to a test to ensure that she was a virgin. Amina passed the virginity test so she was taken to a local women’s shelter. Escaping from her home to a women’s shelter in Northern Afghanistan, she was safe from her family’s rage. However, two weeks into her stay at the shelter, the young woman’s father and brother were able to talk her into returning home but first the young girl forced her father and brother to sign a contract stating no harm would come to her and she had both men vow on video tape that they would not hurt her. Amina left with her father and brother and never made it home. She was shot in the head and killed.


Kainat Soomro 13 years old: Pakistan

In December 2013, 13 year old Soomro was raped by four men against her will. Her family did the opposite of what many other families in her country have done and instead hired an attorney to help save their daughter. The family feared that the elders in their village and in her country would want her to be killed because of the dishonor she had brought to her family by being raped. Soomor’s brother and father were beaten by the alleged rapists and her oldest brother was missing for three months until he was found dead. The family continue to try to protect their young innocent daughter but in the process they have lost a son. The entire family is now in hiding for fear of all being murdered. Their case is still undetermined.

Unnamed 20 year old girl: Jordan

An unnamed 20 year old girl was found 500 yards away from her home in a dumpster. She had been stabbed over 20 times and her throat was slit. Police became suspicious of one of the girl’s brothers while questioning the family. The brother admitted to killing her because she had disgraced the family because she was spending too little time in the home. She joins another unknown Jordanian woman who found three weeks earlier. The woman’s charred pregnant remains were located in a dumpster too. The unknown woman’s throat had been slit and her stomach cut open.

125 Million Women: Africa and the Middle East

At least 125 million women have undergone female genital mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The mutilation to the genitals is usually done without any anesthesia with a knife, razor, scissors, sharpened rock, sharp fingernails, or a piece of glass. The wound is either sewed up or held shut by the use of thorns from an acacia.

In another form of female genital mutilation the vagina and clitoris are removed completely and the wound is fused together leaving only a 2-3 mm hole. The hole is created by a small twig or thorn which is placed inside the wound to allow a small hole to remain opened. The hole is placed in the wound to allow urine and blood to pass during menstruation. Women’s legs are bound together from hip to foot for 2-6 weeks until the wound has healed. The hole is the size of a pin hole and is not opened until the woman is married and her husband penetrates her with his penis. He literally rips her apart as he penetrates her. It can take days, weeks, or months to fully penetrate the woman; sometimes the husband is never able to fully penetrate his wife.

Female Genital Mutilation is done to make women more desirable for marriage. Sex is made very painful for women who have been mutilated and this helps keep the woman “pure” and innocent until she is married. Sex is done for pleasure for the woman it is soley for the husband’s pleasure alone and for reproducing.


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