Meanwhile, honor crimes are here to stay

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!

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  1. Jeff August 6, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    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.

    A second source told The Jordan Times some of the victim’s family members denied it was a crime of honor and that the victim “enjoyed a good reputation among her community.”

    “The suspect claimed he killed her for reasons of family honor to get a reduced sentence but many people are convinced this is not the reason… no one knows the real motive behind the murder,” the source said.

    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!

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  2. worried August 6, 2006 at 3:27 pm

    Deputies are jailed, but killers like this might get released shortly; longlive democracy; longlive freedom of speech.

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  3. Brian Ulrich August 6, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    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.

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  4. Hamzeh N. August 7, 2006 at 2:24 am

    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.

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  5. hamede August 7, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Brian,christian in jordan do honor crimes,so it is not only muslems.

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  6. Brian Ulrich August 7, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Then the Christians also need education. (I guess my main “honor crime” template comes from Pakistan, where religious minorities are insignificant.)

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  7. The Observer August 8, 2006 at 2:20 am

    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?

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  8. maha August 8, 2006 at 9:45 am

    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?

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  9. Gorm August 11, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    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 don’t accept these Muslim of traditions of honour-killings in Denmark.

    Gorm

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  10. Gorm August 11, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    This is just how perverted and criminal the Muslim community is – instead of being a disgrace to the human race they will gain honour from killing their daughter and sister from their fellow Muslims – like true criminals.
    Their logic is similar to criminal gangs like Hells Angels and Banditos! and is not fit for a modern society.
    Gorm

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  11. Jeff August 12, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Gorm, hate to break it to you but this practice is not in any way limited to the Muslim community. You find honor crimes in Christian homes, in Sikh homes, in Korean homes, and the list goes on … it’s a cultural thing, not religious. In Jordan it has in no way been limited or connected as some sort of Islamic practice. Sorry to tear down your rant, but that’s just the fact. You need to do a little research and not just fly off the handle like that. Honor crimes are based upon a view of women that is antiquated and barbaric but is, unfortunately, part of the history of “man”kind.

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  12. Jasmine August 19, 2006 at 7:30 am

    It may be true that yes these barbaric honor crimes happen in all religions muslim, catholic,sikh etc, however it is only in the middle eastern society that these crimes are accepted as a moral and decent act as a human being.

    In no other democratic society would anyone allow the murder of your own MOTHER, DAUGHTER, SISTER, GRANDMOTHER! Women are an equal vital part of population growth. Without women NO man on the face f the earth would be able to survive. Women were needed to bring these sick barbaric men into this world so who the hell are they to treat their own blood and wives like dogs and second class citizens when they gave you your breath anyway.

    All Middle Eastern women deserve respect and to gain their dignity. How can these perverted me deny how good they have their lives? A women to squallor at their pathetic lay feet. ARAB MEN make me sick and all muslim women should join together and put an end to this war once and for all by getting rid of all these Barbarians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Women are an equal power and an equal force!!! All actions commited by wo\man kind are of equal importance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. To GORM August 25, 2006 at 4:09 am

    Gorm the Dutch, you spew anti-muslim crap but you forget that some of the most horrific crimes against humanity were perptrated by White Chrstians. Want me to count a few? Crusades, Inquisition, Holocous, WWI, WWII, Nuking of Japan, Vietnam, Iraq Genocide (over half-million babies killed by sanctions), Palestine,…

    Your comment is an extension of this virulent intolerance, but cloaked in liberal human-rights loving crap. The only reason you stopped committing mass murder Muslims in Indonesia for fun is that you got tired of killign each other in WWII.

    Fact is, even if you add up all the crimes committed by Muslims, they won’t add up to a small fraction of the murderous track record of White Chrstians.

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  14. EAC September 12, 2006 at 5:30 am

    This is just about a brother mad about his sister’s behaviours, this happened everywhere around the world and is a common behaviour actually. This brother just happened to shot his sister. Really, if the circumstances are right, there’s bound to be a LOT of dead sisters around the world, doesn’t matter which religion the brothers belong to.

    The terrorizing mass media who kept spewing out anti-God propaganda (doesn’t matter which religion, it just have to a God observing religion) just use this kind of event to say something like “See? God-freak makes a lot of mess.”

    Now, if the brother had readed the Qur’an, he will find something like “maybe you might find something that you dislike about a woman, but God had created many good things in her” or something like that.

    Don’t trust me? Read the Qur’an yourself! Just remember to look under ‘woman’.

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