Honour killing

Syed Najaf Raza

How can someone destroy the other person’s life in the name of respect of the family? However, people kill the person without thinking for a single moment, still in the 21st century? An honour killing or shame killing is the homicide of a member of the family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonour to the family, or has violated the principles of a community or a religion, usually for reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their family, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate or renouncing a fait.
Honour killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are deemed to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce-even from an abusive husband or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonours” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. Methods of killing include stoning, stabbing, beating, burning, beheading, hanging, throat slashing, lethal acid attacks, shooting and strangulation. The murders are sometimes performed in public to warn the other women within the community of possible consequences of engaging in what is seen as illicit behaviour.

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