Honor killing and violence is in accordance with Islamic mores and tradition. A recent survey showed that 91 percent of honor killings worldwide are committed by Muslims, and 84 percent of honor killings in the United States were done by Muslims. This is no surprise. A manual of Islamic law approved by Al-Azhar, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, stipulates that “retaliation is obligatory…against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” In other words, Islamic law sets no penalty for a parent who kills his child. Also, the legal codes of Jordan, Syria, and other Muslim countries have substantially reduced penalties for honor murders as compared to other murders, and Islamic clerics have resisted efforts to stiffen penalties for honor killings. (Source)
“HONOUR KILLING Teens, 15 and 16, who tried to elope ELECTROCUTED by their family after tribal judge ruled they were a ‘symbol of ‘dishonour,’” by Mark Hodge, The Sun, September 13, 2017 (thanks to Nelson):
TWO Pakistani teenage lovers who tried to elope were murdered with electric shocks by their own family in a brutal tribal “honour killing”, police said.
The young couple, aged 15 and 17, in the port city of Karachi were said by the Pashtun council of elders, or jirga, to have brought dishonour on the community.
“The innocent souls were tied to a charpai (rope bed) and given electric shocks,” said police officer Aman Marwat.
Marwat arrested the two fathers and two uncles and is pursuing some 30 members of the jirga who have gone into hiding.
The 15-year-old girl had allegedly run away with her 17-year-old boyfriend last month, Marwat said.
“The girl was killed and buried first followed by the murder of the boy the next day,” he added.
More than 500 people – almost all women – die in Pakistan each year in such killings, usually carried out by members of the victim’s family meting out punishment for bringing “shame” on the community.
Marwat, who has been in the police for 25 years, said he has dealt with many honour killing cases happening in Karachi.
“It indicates a tribalisation of society where jirgas exercise more power than law enforcers,” said Zohra Yusuf, a human rights activist in Pakistan….
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