Posted by: hamede | April 13, 2009

This practice of ‘honour killing’ is a form of murder without trial

2009411big3092691Intimate violence against women is a worldwide crisis,many types of aggression against women occur at the hands of family members. The so-called “honor killing” of women and girls in some Muslim nations .

The United Nations has reported such crimes in Brazil, Britain, Ecuador, India, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Uganda as well as in Muslim nations such as Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey.

Accurate figures on such killings are hard to come by because they often go unreported.

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of “honour” and at least eight such killings have been reported so far this year, according to Jordanian authorities. Last year 17 such murders were recorded.

But the label “honour killings” can be misleading in this tiny kingdom’s male-dominated society of about six million people.

Judges, lawyers, activists and experts agree that in most cases men exploit lenient laws and social misconceptions about women to murder them for inheritance, settling family feuds or to hide other crimes.

In another case a few years ago, a man beat his 16-year-old daughter to death, claiming she was pregnant. Investigations, however, proved that he had molested the girl.

According to Human Rights Watch, 95 percent of women killed in 1997 in Jordan in alleged honour killings were later proved to be innocent.

This practice of ‘honour killing’ is a form of murder without trial.

“We should have no tolerance for the acceptance of ‘honour killings’ … We have to change some cultural and societal perceptions of the place and value of women in society



  1. Hamede, that was a great report. Some things I hadn’t known. Thanks so much for joining the initiative.

  2. you welcome.

  3. Bravo, Hamede!

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

  4. “According to Human Rights Watch, 95 percent of women killed in 1997 in Jordan in alleged honour killings were later proved to be “innocent”.”

    Hamede, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re missing the whole point, our message should be that killing is not acceptable whether the woman had sex/relationship with a man or not, by using the word “innocent” in the above quote you’re implying that they were accused of a “real crime” punishable by death, and by always emphasizing the fact that in most cases the victims turn out to be “innocent”, the message you’re sending is that those killings are only bad because the victims are “innocent” in most cases.
    Honor killing is not a show men put on to kill for money/feauds/etc…, honor killings are a cultural inheritance, we were raised on the idea that honor is in the female relative’s body, and that is the problem.

  5. That is great post Hamede! Khalas I forgive you for calling me ‘mokhannath’ 😛

  6. Fadi.
    Thank you.

  7. Wessam.
    I am against honour killing’ , did you read the last part.

    Thank you.

  8. you do know religiously speaking .. there so such thing as murder without trail

    i come from a family of lawyers, judges, and sheikhs

    and they explained it to me as such.. honor killings are treated as temporary insanity cases. you dont get charged with murder .. but manslaughter

    and in order for it to actually be considered an honor killing is if say a father found his daughter in bed with another guy and out of rage killed her on the spot.

    its not oh i heard from someone who knows someone your sister is dating this guy.

    but just like anything else people twist religion to serve them.

    and alhimdila in kuwait these things are not tolerated at all

  9. eshda3wa .
    In Jordan alot of that killing is like someone heard that the sister talk to a man, some times just looking or a lie will do,when i said This practice of ‘honour killing’ is a form of murder without trial, it is like a slap on the hand.thank you.

  10. ERS.
    Sorry your comment was blocked by spam,thank you and have a good day.

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