Honour Killing: Blame the System not the Faith

The main motivation behind all such crime against women is cultural and patriarchal beliefs that women are the property of male guardians.

We all have a lot to say about “honour killings” and why they happen and a lot of it is probably wrong. Read all of this, on the fwsablog (emphasis added):

Cultural and social laws and practices are often used to control women’s sexuality and maintain the power relations between the two genders. Honour killing is one form of violence against women which has traditionally been used to restore the honor of a family, clan or community by killing a female who has dishonored the family. There are several ways of looking at honour killing; they can be seen as murders by families or family members of victims who have involved herself in an ‘inappropriate’ relationship or refuses an arranged marriage; or as a cultural practice where a male member of the family kills a female member for tarnishing the family image through adultery, pre-marital affair/sexual relations or even being victim of rape. However, although the practice has received widespread visibility in Muslim communities, there is no religious acceptance of such an act of extreme violence towards women in Islam. In addition there are reports of honour killings among other religious groups and towards sexual minorities such as gay, lesbian and transgender people, which somehow does not gain as much media attention as it does in Muslim communities and when the victims are women. Therefore I argue that honour killing is a social and cultural practice rather than a religious one which has a variety of victims.

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My research of honour crime cases around the world show that such crimes happen in every part of the world and in different cultural and religious communities. Countries reported of having record of honor killing are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Palestine, India, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco, Turkey, Yemen, Jordan, Uganda, Germany, France, Sweden, Scandinavia, UK, the US etc. Research shows that violence against women is not restricted to certain countries, classes or religion rather punishing women for ‘illicit’ or ‘immoral’ sexual behavior is common in most societies, only in Western societies women being killed by their husbands, ex-spouses or boyfriends for possessiveness, jealousy, suspicion and infidelity are termed as so called ‘crime of passion’. The main motivation behind all such crime against women is cultural and patriarchal beliefs that women are the property of male guardians. [Rest.]

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