Archive for the Honor Killing Category

Muslim in Ireland Receives 15 Years in Prison for Attempted Honor Killing

Poster showing Honor Killing victimsIreland – A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with three suspended. 

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23, 2012.

The court was told that the couple’s marriage broke down after he lost his job and Ms Ouachek had commenced an engineering degree.

Ouachek who was a “devout muslim” “was unhappy about the path she was going on,” the court heard.

Mr Justice Paul Carney noted that when Ms Ouachek returned to full-time education “the accused appears to have resented her independence in this regard.”

He described the crime as “callous and brutal in nature” and noted that he fled the scene.

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Jordanian Kills Sister for Family ‘Honor’

Jordanian girlA 27-year-old Jordanian man from the northern city of Irbid strangled his divorced sister to death on Tuesday night for having a baby out of wedlock, security sources said on Thursday.

The man, from a refugee camp in Irbid, turned himself in to police and handed the baby over to authorities, said a senior official from the judiciary. The crime was committed two days after the 24-year-old victim had given birth to a baby boy, a security source was quoted by Jordan Times daily as saying.

The suspect claimed ”he had killed his sibling to cleanse his family’s honour”, and that he had been visiting his family when he found out about the birth of the child.

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Five Pakistani Men Indicted for Honor Killing

Pakistani protest against honor killingsFive men have been indicted in connection with the death of Farzana Parveen a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was killed by relatives in Pakistan. As reported by Glamour, Parveen was stoned to death by approximately 20 relatives in the city of Lahore.

As noted in the report, the case gained widespread media attention in part due to the killing taking place in a public sphere in front of onlookers.

Parveen’s father and four others were indicted by a Pakistani court for her death.

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Children Forced To Watch Gruesome Honor Killing

Victims of Honor Killing in PakistanNew information on the horrific deaths of a newlywed couple by the bride’s immediate family have emerged today. Children were forced to watch as the bride’s mother, father, grandfather and uncles, slit the newlywed’s throats and let them bleed to death in this honor killing according to the National Post on June 29.

This was considered a lesson not to marry against your parents’’ wishes to the girls in this Pakistan village where the grisly murders took place. This newlywed couple fell in love and married for love, but the bride’s family was dead against this union.

Media outlets, like CNN  originally reported that the newlyweds were beheaded, but their throats were slit and they bled to death in front of a crowd. At one point someone in the crowd said the children should be sent away but the bride’s father told them to stay and watch the killings. The father said that “they should learn what would happen to them if they married someone of their own choice.”

Read the rest: Kids Forced to Watch Honor Killing in Pakistan. More here: Newlywed Killed by Own Family in Pakistan Honor Killing.  And here.

Talk Advocating Honor Killing Cancelled at “Festival of Dangerous Ideas”

Hizb-ut-Tahrir-Australia signA planned talk on whether honour killings can be morally justified as part of Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas has been cancelled following public outrage, officials said.

Uthman Badar, spokesman for the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir, had been set to speak on the topic “Honour Killings Are Morally Justified” at the Sydney Opera House in August, but the festival said late Tuesday it would not go ahead.

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Honor Killing and Violence in Pakistan

Hand holds a bloody knifeBrothers of a woman, who married for love without the consent of her family, shot and stabbed to death her husband and left her injured in an attack on their house in Latifabad Unit No12 on Sunday, said police.

A-Section police station SHO Sikandar Bhatti said that Nabeel, 25, and Samina Rani Rao, 22, daughter of Idrees, who were neighbours married in court on Feb 4 without the consent of the girl’s family and fled to Karachi after the wedlock for fear of the family’s backlash. They had been in hiding since the marriage.

Read the rest: Honor Killing in Pakistan  (h/t to Pamela Geller)

Father Burns Daughter to Death in Honor Killing

Image of burning manA Tunisian man is accused of burning his 13-year-old daughter to death for walking home from school with a male classmate May 28 in Ibn Khaldoun, a suburb of Tunis.

Aya, a middle school student, died on June 7 from fourth-degree burns, Kapitalis and other local news sources reported.

“The father has been arrested since the incident occurred,” Allala Rouhma, a spokesperson for the Tunis Court of First Instance, told Tunisia Live. The father’s name has not been released.

Aya spent nine days in the Ben Arous Hospital for Burns and Injuries before succumbing to her injuries.

Aya’s death has been seen as resulting from an ‘honor crime,’ a killing committed in response to perceived shaming of the family. Such practices are almost unheard of in modern Tunisia.

These crimes target mostly women. Extramarital sex, or even suspicion of it, is a major cause.

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Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter

Map of TurkeyA man in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir called police to inform them that he was murdering his wife, just a day after she gave birth to her second daughter, according to exchanges from a court hearing into the case on June 4.

V.T., 29, killed his wife reportedly by electrocuting her head while she was sleeping in their home on Jan. 25.

M.T., 33[his wife], gave birth to her second daughter on Jan. 24 and was discharged from hospital a day later. Asleep due to fatigue, M.T. was killed by her husband, who allegedly used an electricity cable and gloves to protect himself from the voltage, daily Radikal reported.

Read the rest: Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter   (h/t to Blazing Cat Fur)

HONOR KILLINGS HAVE SOURCE IN SHARIA LAW

Protesters with a banner that says "Sharia will Dominate the World"By Hasan Mahmud

Denial of sharia sources for honor killings and FGM has only given us the destruction of countless Muslim women and a bad name to Islam

I feel strongly offended to see how scores of articles and speeches on topics such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and honor killing often bypass the secondary Islamic documents supporting these issues. This attitude of denial has only given us the destruction of countless Muslim women and a bad name to Islam.

Records of the empires of Hammurabi, Assyria, Napoleon, Rome and more show that honor killing goes across culture, region and religion. Historically, a woman’s “chastity” is the property not of herself but her family. As this phenomenon now is dominant in Muslim societies, we should look into how sharia law impacts this brutal culture.

Family members of a girl or woman – mostly men — kill her for “bringing shame to the family” by not fulfilling their expectations of love, sex, clothing, behavior, intimacy, fidelity – including even a flirtation with men on Skype, Twitter, through SMS, etc. Even chatting on Facebook is prohibited, as declared by Sheikh Abdullah Al Mutlaq, a senior scholar in Saudi Arabia.

Let us look at real scenario. After the sister/daughter is killed, there are two sets of sharia law to apply:

Case A - “Punishment of intentional killing is death”. But, “A killer cannot be put to death if one or all heirs of the victim pardon/s him or take Blood Money”- Codified Islamic Law Vol 1 – 41, 44 (The Codified Islamic law is a three volume compilation from mainly Hanafi law written by six Islamic scholars and published by the Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh.)

As the family already lost the victim, they do not want to lose another one (the killer). So, the killer may be ordered to pay blood money to his own family. It is also quite natural that one or all of the heirs of the victim pardon/s the killer. Politically and financially powerful killers in Muslim countries can easily force the victim’s poor helpless family to take the blood money and “pardon” the killer. In this case, the state is powerless to prosecute the killer.

Case B – “Parents and Grandparents will not be punished (by Hudood) for killing sons or grandsons.”- Shafi’i law # o.1.2.4 & Codified Islamic Law Vol 1-65B. [Hudood are Islamic laws stating the limits ordained by Allah and including the deterrent punishments for serious crimes]

It does not mention daughters or granddaughters but in essence, it applies to them too. This law was based on so-called Sahi Hadith (Prophet’s examples); see Sahi Ibn Majah Vol 4- 2661, 2662, Sahi Tirmiji 1404, 1405 & 1406:

 (1404) Sayyidina Suraqah ibn Maalik (RA) reported that he was present when Allah’s Messenger (SAW) made a son pay retaliation for killing his father, but he did not ask a father to pay retaliation for the murder of his son.

(1405) Sayyidina Umar ibn Khattab (RA), said that he heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) say, “A father will not be killed for slaying his son.”

(1406) Sayyidina ibn Abbas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said, “The prescribed punishments are not carried out in mosques and a father is not killed for the slaying of his son.”

These man-made sharia laws and hadiths are the main tools of legitimizing violence in the name of Islam and are one of the main reasons of growing global Islamophobia. We Muslims must apply our right to reject those laws based on logic and human rights.

Application of these laws varies, but honor killers are hardly punished. This brutality is supported by some vote-seeking local politicians in Pakistan. From the Quran and the Prophet we can successfully defeat all kinds of oppression of women in the name of Islam except FGM and honor killings.

Unfortunately, I did not find enough support to defeat those from Islamic sources.

We have a long way to go. Education/enlightenment is the only key. The West cannot achieve sustainable peace leaving the Muslim world behind; we also cannot achieve sustainable peace leaving our women behind by oppressing them.

These man-made sharia laws and hadiths are the main tools of legitimizing violence in the name of Islam and are one of the main reasons of growing global Islamophobia. We Muslims must apply our right to reject those laws based on logic and human rights.

Application of these laws varies, but honor killers are hardly punished. This brutality is supported by some vote-seeking local politicians in Pakistan. From the Quran and the Prophet we can successfully defeat all kinds of oppression of women in the name of Islam except FGM and honor killings.

Unfortunately, I did not find enough support to defeat those from Islamic sources.

We have a long way to go. Education/enlightenment is the only key. The West cannot achieve sustainable peace leaving the Muslim world behind; we also cannot achieve sustainable peace leaving our women behind by oppressing them.

Raped Teen Girls Hanged from Tree in Honor Killing

Girls Hanged by Family after Gang RapeTwo teenage girls who were reportedly raped and abused before they were strung up and hung from a mango tree may have been victimized by family members who were carrying out honor killings, police said.

Anand Lal Bannerjee, the head of police in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, said only one of the girls had been raped, in contrast to earlier reports of the crime, which occurred about a month ago. He also said both girls, who were cousins, were actually strangled to death before they were hung from the tree, the Daily Mail reported.

Moreover, he added that the five men police have been seeking for over a month now in relation to the crime may actually be innocent — and that it’s emerging more likely that the killings were committed by family members.

Police say three brothers have already confessed to the crime, and officers are now going to investigate more family members using “narco-analysis,” or truth serum, the Daily Mail reported.

“It appears to be a case of honor killing,” Mr. Bannerjee said in a press conference. “We will conduct a lie-detection test on all the accused who have been arrested. If needed, we will take the accused to Bangalore for the test and get the results.”

Read the rest: Raped Indian Girls Hanged by Family in Honor Killing