In just the latest in a string of horrific “honor” killings – crimes of violence carried out against Muslim for real and imagined trespasses against her family, a pregnant woman in Jordan had both her throat and stomach slit open. Authorities suspect the woman may have been slain as her child was conceived outside of marriage.
Even more horrific, the woman’s body was then dumped in a garbage container and set ablaze. Her four-month-old fetus was clearly visible to those who discovered her.
Police discovered her charred remains at dawn in Ruseifa, east of Amman over the past weekend.
“We believe it was an honor crime,” a police spokesman said.
“The belly of the woman, in her twenties, was cut open and we could see her four-month-old unborn child, who was dead too. Investigations are still under way,” he added.
The Jordan Times reported that “the fact [...] her stomach was cut open is a strong indication that she was killed for reasons related to family honor.”
Witnesses said they saw two men, driving a truck, pull up to the dumpster before throwing in the body and setting it on fire with a flammable liquid.