You look into your daughter's eyes and grab the large knife. You stab her repeatedly in the chest with determination while still looking into the beautiful eyes. As she bleeds to death you feel good, like justice has been served. When she rests lifeless on the ground you take her 18-year old body and dump it in front of the house so everyone can see it. Then you go and have a drink and tell friends how proud you feel about having stabbed her to death. Your friends all agree and congratulate you. The reason? She had feelings for a man you didn't approve of. This is not fiction, it happens every day around the world.
Honor killing takes place every day in various places. It's something I can't understand, roots go back thousands of year and without exception take place in counties where cultural tradition is more important than anything. It's also done by people with a conception of women being worth less than dirt. Plus often also with a non-working justice system which in most cases agree stabbing your daughter to death is a great idea.
I know of no other issue upsetting people in modern countries more than an honor killing. It infuriates people beyond words. Honor killings have even occurred here in Sweden. We've got three famous cases, two took place in the country and one in Afghanistan. There are most likely many more cases since Sweden accepts many immigrants from countries known for honor killings. Proving it's an honor killing is also often difficult.
Swedes have not been involved, it's murders done by families from Iraq and Afghanistan who settled in the country. The justice system here punish these actions severely, but not enough IMHO. There have been many manifestations and demonstrations with thousands of people to protest honor killings. Every year people get together in public places to honor the two Swedish girls killed by their families. It's perhaps not strange considering Sweden is the most gender equal society in the world. Here, women are actually worth something which is very apparent in society.
Honor killings go back thousands of years when there were no laws, no government, no courts and no police. If a crime took place, family and relatives had to punish the guilty. A crime in countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia to name a few, might be wanting to marry someone you actually like instead of one your father picked out at birth. A crime could also be for a woman to look at a man inappropriately, not be covered up properly, or simply have feelings for another man. These are apparently all fine reason to kill a daughter.
Sitting in the front garden of his well-kept home in the city's Al-Fursi district, he remains a free man, despite having stamped on, suffocated and then stabbed his student daughter to death.
Abdel-Qader, 46, a government employee, was initially arrested but released after two hours. Astonishingly, he said, police congratulated him on what he had done. 'They are men and know what honour is,' he said.
In Saudi Arabia, women even get punished after being gang raped by 7 men. That's perfectly accepted behavior in that backwards thinking country. For some it doesn't even matter if a sister is pregnant, she still deserves to die.
The Jordanian authorities are questioning a 22-year- old man, who allegedly killed his pregnant married sister for reasons related to family honour, the Jordan Times reported Friday, quoting official sources.
The 20-year-old victim, who was not identified by officials, received three fatal bullets to the side of her head, reportedly by her brother, at her in-law's house in western Amman Wednesday night.
Living a normal life in a modern country as a woman is also reason for killing. Even in Germany.
In many cases, fathers — and sometimes even mothers — single out their youngest son to do the killing, Boehmecke said, "because they know minors will get lighter sentences from German judges." In some cases, these boys are revered by their community and fellow inmates as "honor heroes" — a dementedly skewed status they carry with them for the rest of their lives. Currently, six boys are serving time in Berlin's juvenile prison for honor killings. "In a way, these boys are victims, too," she said. Sometimes they are forced to kill their favorite sister.
I don't think it's strange that a large part of the world have no respect for these backwards thinking countries. I don't know of a kind word said about India or China, countries where infants are buried alive or dumped as trash just for being female. People in general don't take countries with these kind of policies seriously. It's a big industry down there to perform ultrasound on pregnant women. You see, having a girl is a nightmare and seen as an economic burden. Having a boy means party for a week, having a girl means being frozen out by family, friends, and relatives.
So, could you do it? Could you look into your daughters eyes and pull the trigger because she liked the wrong man or wanted to live a normal life? Of course you couldn't. Killing a child on purpose is such a bizarre thought it barely makes me upset. It's like reading a book of fiction, it just can't be true. Unfortunately it is and thousands of daughters are killed each year for reasons few people can understand.
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