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An honor killing or honour killing (also called a customary killing) is the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. Honour killings are directed mostly against women and girls.
The perceived dishonor is normally the result of one of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: (a) dressing in a manner unacceptable to the family or community, (b) wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, (c) engaging in heterosexual sexual acts outside marriage, or even due to a non-sexual relationship perceived as inappropriate, and (d) engaging in homosexual acts. Women and girls are killed at a much higher rate than men.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that perhaps as many as 5,000 women and girls a year are killed by members of their own families. Many women's groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times more.
Forbidden Lie$ is a documentary feature by Australian director Anna Broinowski. It tells the story of Norma Khouri author of the book, Forbidden Love - purportedly the true story of "Dalia" a young Muslim woman in Jordan murdered by her family in an honor killing because of her affair with a Christian soldier. The documentary at first depicts Khouri as a woman bravely exposing a brutal and true story. Eventually, the story is challenged - first by Jordanians, then by Malcolm Knox, a journalist. The documentary cuts between Knox, Khouri and other individuals like her husband - the film often shows the individual parties as they are watching others talk about them. Through it all, Khouri staunchly defends the truth of her work.
Ironically, Khouri's first critics are Jordanian women, feminists who, when interviewed for the documentary, take issue with western perspectives of Muslim women as victims with no control over their lives. One of the critics visits an office for assisting victims of abuse. The director of the facility remarks that they have received no donations from royalties on Khouri's book.
Many details of the story are contrasted against demonstrated fact. Khouri's description of geographic and other details of Jordan are wrong (hotels, a gym and various businesses mentioned in the story did not exist during the period in which the events of the book occur).
Khouri's claims of restrictions requiring women to wear the hijab when traveling outside the home, and that women can never leave without a male escort are contrasted with street scenes showing women traveling unescorted and uncovered. Nobody living on the street where Dalia was murdered remembers such a crime occurring. Dalia's father could not remain out on bail pending his prosecution because murderers in Jordan are not given bail, nor are they tried in Shariah court. The documentary crew visits the Palestine Hospital where Khouri claims Dalia's body had been taken. Some details of the hospital are consistent with those of the book, but many are clearly wrong - including Khouri's description of the morgue.
Impunity for domestic violence, ‘honour killings’ cannot continue – UN official
4 March 2010
– So-called ‘honour killings’ are an extreme symptom of discrimination against women, which – including other forms of domestic violence – is a plague that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief says, calling on governments to tackle impunity for this crime.
“The reality for most victims, including victims of honour killings, is that State institutions fail them and that most perpetrators of domestic violence can rely on a culture of impunity for the acts they commit – acts which would often be considered as crimes, and be punished as such, if they were committed against strangers,” states High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
In a statement issued today ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on 8 March, Ms. Pillay notes that traditionally, there has been some debate around the issue of State responsibility for acts committed in the private sphere.
“Some have argued, and continue to argue, that family violence is placed outside the conceptual framework of international human rights,” she says.
“However, under international laws and standards, there is a clear State responsibility to uphold women’s rights and ensure freedom from discrimination, which includes the responsibility to prevent, protect and provide redress – regardless of sex, and regardless of a person’s status in the family.”
It has been estimated that as many as one in three women across the world has been beaten, raped or otherwise abused during the course of her lifetime. And the most common source of such violence, Ms. Pillay states, comes from within the family, and amongst the most extreme forms of abuse is what is known as ‘honour killing.’
“Most of the 5,000 honour killings reported to take place every year around the world do not make the news, nor do the other myriad forms of violence inflicted on women and girls by husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and other male – and sometimes even female – family members.
Read More - UN.org
I understand the belief system, but does it justify murder?
So then by that reasoning you agree with the extremist muslims that terrorised the US in 2001?
Originally posted by silo13
then, it's a justified killing.
Originally posted by FermiFlux
Well, it's a cultural problem, not an Islamic one. In Islam in fact, marrying someone of another religion is apparently seen as an opportunity to warm your spouse into the religion.
People kill people because they're thinking about what their community would think of them for allowing it. It's never justified, it's very disgusting, but it's definitely a cultural problem.