Category Archives: Honor Killing

Honor Killings in Chechnya and Pakistan

f66a43efa283e6ceecf9b0cc1838856b copyA man in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Chechnya is facing trial for the killing of his daughter.

Chechnya’s prosecutor’s office said on March 18 that the resident of the Chechen capital, Grozny, confessed to the November 2013 killing, saying that he did it “to punish his daughter for amoral behavior.”

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A pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family in front of a Pakistani high court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved.

Nearly 20 members of the woman’s family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks in broad daylight before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore, police investigator Rana Mujahid said.

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Two Sisters Killed by Brothers in Honor Killing

condemn-Honor-killing copyTwo sisters were killed by their three brothers for ‘honour’ here on Sunday at Chak No. 181/JB.

Reports said Zulekhan and Gulzar Bibi refused to marry men of their family’s choice and wanted

to contract love marriage. The family members allegedly detained them at house and arranged their marriage.

The girls in order to avert forced marriage tried to leave the house while their brothers Muhammad Asif, Shahbaz and Arshad fired on them, killing them on the spot.

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Muslim Woman in Israel Shot in Honor Killing

honor-killing copyBusan Abu Ghanem, 31, was shot at close range while going to pick up her children from a relative’s house, The victim’s mother was also murdered, as were at least 10 female relatives over the last ten years. The victim’s sister, believed to be dead, is still missing.

Over the last decade, more than 10 female members of the Abu Ghanem clan have been murdered. Police say the murders were honor killings — killings of family members due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victims have brought shame or dishonor on the family.

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What is “The Price of Honor?”

said_sisters_3 copyThe Price of Honor, a new documentary about the horror of honor killing, opens with a highly disturbing audio recording of a 911 call: Texas teenager Sarah Said screaming that her father is shooting her and her elder sister Amina.

Tragically, both girls were murdered that day, on January 1, 2008. Meanwhile, their killer, Yaser Said — who shot Amina twice and Sarah nine times under the pretense of “defending the family honor” — escaped the police and remains on the FBI Most Wanted List to this day.

But the movie also aims to cast light on a larger issue beyond the murders of Amina and Sarah Said. Through interviews with experts on the subject, the filmmakers explore the prevalence of honor violence both abroad and here at home, on American soil.

According to Amy Logan, author of The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, a powerful novel about honor killing that she spent 10 years researching: “Honor violence is first and foremost about cultures who view and treat women as property or inferior. This is a human rights issue –women’s rights are human rights. Culture is no excuse for abuse. It’s time for all communities in which honor violence occurs, regardless of religion, to start having an honest conversation about it.”

The AHA Foundation about, a non-profit dedicated to defending the rights of women and girls in part by collecting accurate data on these crimes, reports that there are between 25 to 28 honor killings a year in the U.S.

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See the trailer for film here.


14 Year Old Girl ‘Honor’ Killed for Leaving Home Without a Chaperone

6a00d8341c60bf53ef0133f1f51341970b-600wi copyFour men, including the victim’s brother, were indicted Thursday for murdering 14-year-old Fatma Hayb, allegedly because she had angered them by leaving her house without a chaperone.

Along with the brother, Mustafa Hayb, 24, the defendants are her cousins Majed Hayb, 20; Issa Hayb, 20; and Bashar Hayb, 19. All are residents of the village of Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee.

Fatma was murdered on the night of June 12. According to the indictment filed in the Nazareth District Court, Mustafa and Majed had both threatened to hurt or even kill her several times before, saying she was leaving the house without their permission and wandering around without a chaperone. At some point, they decided to carry out their threat and enlisted Bashar and Issa to help.

At 10:20 P.M. on June 12, the indictment stated, Bashar and Issa came to Fatma’s house with a 9mm pistol by prearrangement with Mustafa and Majed. Fatma was sitting outside in the courtyard. Bashar and Issa shot her at least eight times, hitting her in both the upper and lower body, then fled the scene. Fatma was severely wounded and died soon after arriving at the hospital.

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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.

Read the rest: Muslim in Ireland – 15 Years for Attempted Honor Killing.

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.