What is a honor crime?
These murders are based on
the belief that a woman is
the property of her family.
If a woman refuses to obey her
father, husband or brother, her
family’s “honor” is thought to
be disgraced and the woman
must be killed by a male
relative to restore the family’s
good name in the community.
Light punishment to
<Cause of honor killing>
Murder of female for being suspected 79%
Murder of female because of adultery 9
Murder of female to hide incest 6%
For other reasons 6%
<Degree of relationship between the
victims and the murderer>
Husband killing the wife 41%
Father killing the daughter 34%
Brother killing the sister 18%
A man killing his female relative 7%
-6 months in prison.
The means used in honor crime ranges from strangling. burning,
forcing the woman to take poison, throwing her from the window.
Killing the girl is not only for establishing pre-marital relationships, but also
for marrying someone the family did not approve.
the murdered admits quickly the crime to police because he feels proud of
his act and believes that his tribes or community should know and
value what he has done.
Honor killing in Islam
Most "honor" killings of women occur in Muslim countries, no sanction for such murders is granted
in Islamic religion or law.
the phenomenon is in a global one. According to Stephanie Nebehay, such killings "have been
reported in Bangladesh, Britain, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan,
Morocco, Sweden, Turkey and Uganda." Afghanistan, where the practice is condoned under
the rule of the fundamentalist Taliban movement, can be added to the list, along with Iraq and Iran.
Honor killings tend to be prevalent in countries with a majority Muslim population, but many
Islamic leaders and scholars condemn the practice and deny that it is based on religious doctrine.
Honor killing is actually a pre-Islamic, tribal custom stemming from the patriarchal and patrilineal
society's interest in keeping strict control over familial power structures.
Approximately 25 to 30 women are killed in Jordan each year in the name of honor and crimes of
honor constitute about one third of the number of the country's homicides,"
Because these crimes often go unreported, it is difficult to determine the actual number of victims
The United Nations Population Fund estimates as many as 5000 females being killed each year.
In Pakistan alone, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, more than 1000
women were victims of these crimes in 1999.
Jordan's male killers are not locked
up for crimes of honour
Shaima Rezayee, a popular veejay, was
shot to death in her
Islamic or un-Islamic?
Patriarchal tradition In Indonesia, the world's largest
Women for the tribe were considered a Muslim country, honor killings are
factory for making men. What's behind it unknown, as also in Muslim parts of
is the issue of fertility, or reproductive West Africa
Women are viewed "on the one hand as Islam strictly prohibits murder and
fragile creatures who need protection and killing without legal justification.
on the other as evil Jezebels from whom
society needs protection."
Allah, says, “Whoso slayeth a believer
of set purpose, his reward is Hell for
the male as the sole protector of the ever.
female so he must have total control of
her. If his protection is violated, he loses
honor “Honor killing” is based on ignorance
and disregard of morals and laws,
(Traditional interpretations of Islamic law which cannot be abolished except by
prescribe severe punishments for zina' disciplinary punishments
(extramarital sex) by both men and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor_killing , (Armstrong, "Honour's
Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code, which exempted from punishment men who kill a female family member
found "committing adultery", has been repealed
But perpetrators of so called "honor" crimes still benefit inappropriately from the provisions in Articles 97 and 98,
which allow for a reduction in sentence if a man is "provoked" into killing.
regime of King Abdullah II, who took power after the death of his father King Hussein in 1999. "The king has
backed legislation to put honor killings on a par with other murders and as encouraged public support to change
Syria: Article 548 states that "He who catches his wife or one of his ascendants, descendants or sister
committing adultery (flagrante delicto) or illegitimate sexual acts with another and he killed or injured one or
both of them benefits from an exemption of penalty."
Morocco, where Article 418 of the Penal Code states "Murder, injury and beating are excusable if they are
committed by a husband on his wife as well as the accomplice at the moment in which he surprises them
in the act of adultery.“
Haiti, where Article 269 of the Penal Code states that "in the case of adultery as provided for in Article 284,
the murder by a husband of his wifeand/or her partner, immediately upon discovering them in flagrante
delicto in the conjugal abode, is to be pardoned."