So while the situation in the middle east rages, going from bad to worse as the violence spirals on by the day, honor crimes in Jordan do not appear to be coming to an end anytime soon. Now how depressing is that!
The criminal prosecutor on Saturday charged a 19-year-old youth with the premeditated murder of his sister, official sources said. The victim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was shot six times at the family home at around midnight on Thursday, the source told The Jordan Times. The suspect allegedly shot his sister in front of his parents and siblings following and argument concerning her alleged "immoral behavior," the source added.
"The suspect then headed to the nearest police station and turned himself in and handed the pistol allegedly used in the murder to officers on duty," said the source, adding that the youth claimed to have killed his sister for reasons of family honor. Source: [The Jordan Times]
Can things get any worse, really! When will people in this region have peace and enjoy basic human rights!
This is just how perverted and criminal the Muslim community is â€“ instead of being a disgrace to the human race they will gain honour from killing their daughter and sister from their fellow Muslims â€“ like true criminals.
Their logic is similar to criminal gangs like Hells Angels and Banditos! and is not fit for a modern society.
We have recreantly had a similar case in Denmark – an entire family was convicted for killing their daughter. Father, son and aunt und so weiter – 9 years imprisonment!
We donâ€™t accept these Muslim of traditions of honour-killings in Denmark.
The King can fix it. he has the power to do so. he can end the legal protection for honor killing today, now, this second. why the wait?
YEs Hamzeh, they should start calling it “Dishonor Crimes”.
I am wondering how far are we standing of changing such rules? A lot of people are talking about it. I think that reports have been issued from various human rights organization condemning this rule.
Do local women and human rights organization push to change it? What is the stand of the parliament officials? The government? I don’t think that there are still many against changing it? or there is many?
Even in discussing it, you don’t find people against changing the ruling, it seems that most of the people in Jordan agree on this, so why are we still having such rules?
What can we do?
Then the Christians also need education. (I guess my main “honor crime” template comes from Pakistan, where religious minorities are insignificant.)
Brian,christian in jordan do honor crimes,so it is not only muslems.
Of all the things that are on HM Queen Rania’s agenda as far as advancing women’s role in Jordanian society and in the world, I wonder where abolishing the reduced sentence for such crimes ranks on her priority list. I’m not asking rhetorically, I seriously don’t know. I don’t recall any strong statements from HM the queen about this.
This is not about women being deprived their right to education, or giving them equal opportunity in employment. This is about depriving them from their freakin right to live!!!
Dishonor crimes. I believe Jordnaian journalists should start calling these crimes “dishonor crimes” or “jara2em el 3aar” in Arabic.
This is the sort of thing that could be fought with more religious education, though, as a lot of the people who carry out honor killings tie it to Islam.
Deputies are jailed, but killers like this might get released shortly; longlive democracy; longlive freedom of speech.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story is that other family members claim that, in fact, the family’s honor was not in jeopardy.
So what we have here could be a case where the brother knew he had an “out” if he claimed this act was committed to preserve family honor. This is disturbing on so many levels. But what should be clear here is that the holes in Jordan’s Penal Code — holes that are well documented — could and perhaps in this case will allow someone to commit a murder for their own vile reasons and get away with it, so long as they stand before police and whip out that old chestnut: “I was protecting my family’s honor.”
The obvious problems with this defense aside (and they are so disturbing in and of themselves), now it should be clear to legislators that allowing this hole to remain will only mean that still more guilty parties are allowed to slip through with slaps on the wrist by simply pretending to be protecting a family’s honor. How twisted is that? Article 98 must be abolished and while they are at it axe Article 34 that justifies murder when the offending party is caught in the act. Madness!