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‘Honour killing’ sentence against Pakistani upheld

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An Italian court of appeal upheld on Friday a 30-year prison sentence for a Pakistani father who murdered his daughter in a so-called honour killing in 2006.

The young woman’s two brothers-in-law, who were also jailed for 30 years for their part in her death, saw their sentence reduced to 17 years, Sky TG24 news channel reported. The stabbed body of Hina Saleem, 21, was found buried in the garden of the family home in Sarezzo, near the northern city of Brescia, on August 11, 2006.

Ms Saleem, who reportedly refused an arranged marriage with a cousin, had been estranged from her family and lived with her Italian boyfriend Giuseppe Tempini.

via ‘Honour killing’ sentence against Pakistani upheld -DAWN – Top Stories; December 06, 2008.

Meanwhile this is at least surprising:

Eight United Nations agencies have co-sponsored the first Palestinian ‘festival’ to combat violence against women, driving home the message that so-called “honour killings” have nothing to do with honour and seeking to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic abuse.

“It is time for action, not words,” UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Program Manager in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Alia’ Al-Yassir said in the inaugural speech of the festival held, Thursday, in Ramallah. “UN agencies are working as one on this issue and supporting civil societies in their efforts to end violence against women

Well, I don’t think that a “festival” is going to change anything, least if organised by UN. But it’s something refreshing to see some people in those places really worried about this.

Then there is also this other statement:

“Islam does not permit illicit relationship, but killing a girl for this reason is a cold-blooded murder and is a serious offence under the Islamic law,” chairman of Shariyat Court Maulana Irfan Mufti Zulfikar said.

There are so many people going against Islam, then… Of course, this man is from India and was ruling in a case where a girl was killed out of honor.


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December 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

India: 7 arrested in honor killing case

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The Haryana police has arrested seven residents of Bhiwani’s Kaluwas village on suspicion of their involvement in the public lynching of two teenage girls on the Diwali night.

(…) All the seven villagers are relatives of Geeta and Manisha, who were brutally beaten and then burnt alive because they had dared to go out and meet their “boyfriends” when their families were busy celebrating Diwali.

Police officials, who had to literally be goaded into action in the case, said the accused had been booked for conspiracy and murder.

via The Asian Age – Enjoy the difference

The fathers of the two girls have been also arrested.

Terrible, eh? Just because they went out and met their boyfriends….BURNT ALIVE.

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November 14, 2008 at 7:09 am

17-year-old Pakistani girl’s death prompts outcry

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Female senators staged a walkout from the federal parliament Monday to press for action on better protections for women after a national newspaper published details of Tasleem Solangi’s death.

“How long will women be buried alive and made to face hungry dogs? Women are not given their rights,” opposition lawmaker Semi Siddiqui said.Ibrahim Solangi, 28, has been in custody ever since Taslim’s death in March and is awaiting trial on murder charges, said Pir Mohammad Shah, the police chief of the Khairpur Mirs district in southern Pakistan. Taslim’s husband was also her first cousin.

via 17-year-old Pakistani girl’s death prompts outcry – Yahoo! Singapore News

Just consider: a 17-year-old Pakistani girl was fed to some hungry dogs and then shot to death:

Speaking to reporters in Karachi on Monday, Taslim’s father said he was locked up in his home and forced to watch from a window as dogs chased her and then mauled her when she fell down exhausted. She then was shot, he said.

Gulsher Solangi said the killing was the culmination of a land dispute. He said his nephew had beaten Taslim throughout the five months of their marriage to pressure him to hand over his small farm.

Faced with more threats, Gulsher Solangi said he had fled with his wife and another daughter and abandoned his home.

Zameer Hussain Solangi, the girl’s father-in-law, claimed Monday that his son confessed to the killing under police torture and that the allegation regarding the dogs was “baseless.”

He said a tribal council later declared the dead woman an adulterer and compensated the husband with her jewelry.

Amazing: she was killed because his father didn’t want to hand over his farm and the tribal council disguised everything as an honor killing because she was an adulterer!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! has more. Read it: it’s worth it.

Related news: Pakistani rewarded with honor killing: gets 3 girls as wifes, 20 water buffalo.

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October 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Jordanian Man Kills Sister to Cleanse His Family’s Honor

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A Jordanian judicial official says a 30-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his sister to cleanse the family’s honor.

The official says the man, who lives in the southern city of Aqaba, used his traditional robe to strangle the woman.

The official spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak to the media.

The man confessed to Sunday’s killing, saying his sister would leave the family home without their approval.

via – Jordanian Man Kills Sister to Cleanse His Family’s Honor – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Well, again and again anad again and again, the same happens…

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October 22, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Last news on Honor Killings

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90 WOMEN DIE TO SATISFY ISLAMIC HONOR « CTD Weblog: Ninety women have died horribly in Pakistan in just the first quarter of 2008 to satisfy the Islamic concept of family honor. When will Western Societies, human rights groups and the general public understand that under Sharia law which some Western societies such as Great Britain are considering allowing Muslims to implement. Women are returned to to the dark ages and loose rights such as custody of children, freedom of movement, expression etc.

Others survive but pay a terrible price for not fulfilling family’s honor.

From Pakistan also: Son strangles mother then chops her in pieces “on suspicion of bad character”. More here.

From Germany: Honor violence on the roads:

A 21-year old German-Turkish woman who caused a fatal accident between Emmerich and Kleve in which two Dutch motorcyclists were killed had been chased by her brother.

According to German newspaper Rheinische Post the young Turkish driver from Kleve wanted to break with her family.  Her brother started chasing her when she left home for Hamburg.  Both cars chased each other at speeds about 140 km/h over the provincial road between Emmerich and Kleve, where the speed limit is 70 km/h.  The chase came to dangerous overtaking maneuvers.

Also you can consider reading this other link: Muslim student union fights for the right to incite murder.

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September 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

A book to read: ‘Honour Killing: Stories of Men Who Killed’

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Honor killings are amongst the most shocking crimes in Turkey today. When a girl’s behavior has been deemed to besmirch the family’s honor, she may be killed by a male relative.

Often this is not a heat-of-the-moment crime: the family members may gather together to form a family court, pass the death sentence on the young woman and nominate a young male relative to carry out the deed. He faces ostracism from his family unless he follows through.

These horrendous episodes are sadly not few and far between. The inside front page of many national newspapers — page three, the blood and death page — regularly tells the tale of a wife murdered by her husband, a mother killed by her son, a girl whose life is cut short by her older brother or uncle.

For those who come from the parts of the country where honor is a way of life, the code that dictates a life must be taken is not incomprehensible. But for most of the rest of Turkish society, such events are as horrific, and the mindset that leads to this barbarity is just as impenetrable, as it is to European and American observers.

Journalist Ayşe Önal set out to try to understand what led men to kill their own flesh and blood by interviewing men serving a prison sentence for this crime. As a controversial figure — having been variously blacklisted by governments and appearing on death lists — she experienced some difficulty in gaining the necessary permissions. But granted they were, and over the course of several years she interviewed 18 men.

(…) The strength of Önal’s book is that, purely and simply, she tells the stories. There is no detailed sociological or anthropological analysis of the situations. Just the stories of the families concerned, told by the men themselves. Hearing the crimes recounted first-hand is, as Önal says, spine-chilling. It makes your blood run cold. It is just harrowing.

(…) As to the question, who are the murderers? according to one prisoner, “the real murderers are the ones who tell our women to modernize and break with our ways.” One is left wondering how much it is the men themselves, and how much society. The gossips in the neighborhood, those who broke windows of a “house of a harlot,” those who applauded the gunshot, an uncle who incites his nephew to murder, a mother who gives her chilling approval with the words “my brave son” — all these played their part. Önal herself says, when interviewing one man, “I felt like an accessory to a crime.”

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred: ‘Honour Killing: Stories of Men Who Killed’.

If you read this and then you watch these photos, you get really angry at Western feminists…. for not denouncing with toughness these deeply worrying cases of abuse against women.

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September 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

Pakistan: couple falls victim to honour killing

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Honour killing took the lives of yet another couple here in the Sherakot area of district Kohistan in the wee hours of Monday. Sources said Saleem, son of Mairaj, and Khazana Bibi, wife of Rawan Shah, were allegedly shot dead on suspicion of having illicit relations.

Couple falls victim to honour killing.

This happens after the monstruous killing of five women (three teenagers and two relatives who wanted to protect them) by being buried alive. For a background on this story, read here and here.

Also the rate of rapes is growing in Karachi: at least 100 rapes a day.

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September 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm