Friday, December 12, 2014

Honour Killings

It's an honor to kill people in the name of honor.

It's an honor to kill people in the name of Honor Killing.


An honor killing or honour 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.


The bodies of Sunita Devi (L), 21, and her partner Jasbir Singh, 22, lie on the ground after they were killed by villagers in an “honour killing” in Ballah village in the northern Indian state of Haryana May 9, 2008. Growing economic opportunities for young people and lower castes in Haryana have made “love marriages” more common, experts say, and the violent repression of them has risen in tandem as upper caste Jat men fight to hold on to power, status and property. Picture taken May 9, 2008. INDIA-HONOURKILLING/ REUTERS/Stringer


Methods of killing include stoning, stabbing, beating, burning, beheading, hanging, throat slashing, lethal acid attacks, shooting and strangulation.[20] The murders are sometimes performed in public to warn the other women within the community of possible consequences of engaging in what is seen as illicit behavior.


 Qamar Jan, an 18-year-old Afghan woman, was attacked by her fiance after refusing to marry him.

The origin of honor killings and the control of women is evidenced throughout history in the culture and tradition of many regions. The Roman law of pater familias gave complete control to the men of the family over both their children and wives. Under these laws, the lives of children and wives were at the discretion of the men in their family. Ancient Roman Law also justified honor killings by stating that women found guilty of adultery could be killed by their husbands. Among the Ching dynasty in China, fathers and husbands had the right to kill females deemed to have dishonoured them


A young newlywed couple in northeastern Pakistan died a horrible death at the hands of the bride's family in the latest honor killing in the nation. The couple, identified as Sajjad Ahmed, 26, and Muawia Bibi, 18, were married by a Pakistani court on June 18 against the wishes of the Bibi family,the bride's father and uncles lured the couple back to the village of Satrah in Punjab province, where Ahsanullah said the pair were tied up and then decapitated.
In Pakistan, 869 women were victims of honor killings in year 2013

Several other stories are there more worse than that, where the victims are get tortured brutally and murdered.



  • 5000 honour killings internationally per year.
  • 1000 honour killings occur in India
  • 1000 honour killings occur in Pakistan
  • 12 honour killings per year in  UK


 The United Nations Population Fund reported 5,000 honour killings per year in 2000. However, these figures are disputed and there has not been any subsequent global estimate.

There are currently around 1000 honour killings per year in India alone, and these occur across all the major faiths of the region, including Hindus and Sikhs. Crimes against women motivated to maintain or restore ‘honour’ can be found in a variety of cultures and historical periods; a law that allowed for ‘honour’ killing was part of the Italian penal code right up until 1980. While in the current period, ‘honour’ killings are mostly associated with the Middle East and other countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, this may not reflect reality as similar crimes may be being committed elsewhere but are not yet recognised as ‘honour’-related.

Common expectations associated with ‘honour’ are that:
  • Women must guard their virginity and not develop relationships with persons outside the approved group;
  • Women must aquiesce to the demands of their family, particularly with regard to the arrangement of marriage;
  • Women should not air their problems outside the family; this includes reporting spousal violence to the authorities;
  • Women should not initiate divorce, and should not seek to gain custody of their children.


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