Honour Killing

I came across this newspaper article while reading Sergeant Simon’s Blog.

The article details how an Iraqi man murdered his daughter, with the aid of her brothers, by stamping on her, suffocating and then stabbing her for brining “shame” on the family. All she was guilty of was being a teenager. She became infatuated over a British soldier after having snippets of conversation with him over a four month period while she did some voluntary work.

Her father was arrested, but released hours later having been congratulated by the police for what he had done. ‘They are men and know what honour is,’ he said.

Her corpse was thrown into a makeshift grave and her uncles spat on the grave.

The father went on to ‘justify’ his actions further:

“I don’t have a daughter now, and I prefer to say that I never had one. That girl humiliated me in front of my family and friends. Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman. People from western countries might be shocked, but our girls are not like their daughters that can sleep with any man they want and sometimes even get pregnant without marrying. Our girls should respect their religion, their family and their bodies.”

The article then turns its attention to Homosexuality, which is still punishable by a sentence of death. This father has told his two sons that he shall meet the same fate as their sister if they “become contaminated with any gay relationship.” He continues that these “crimes deserve death – death in the name of God”

This abhorrent act was carried out in the name of Allah. My understanding of Islam is that honour killings are not a feature of the religion, but are more of a cultural problem steming from islamic countries, in particular those in the Middle East. Like so many abhorrent acts, religion has been made to take responsibility rather than the individual who carried out this grotesque act of barbarity.