The numbers of honor killings are rising despite “increased awareness of the crime.” And why not? Honor killing and violence is in accordance with Islamic mores and tradition. Increased awareness would result in an increase in honor violence.
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)
Peshawar: A young woman and her 10-year-old sister were murdered by their father in Pakistan in a so called ‘honour killing’, police said today.
Abdul Gani killed his daughters – 20-year-old Shamim and Noreen – and later confessed to the crime upon his arrest, according to DSP Fazal Wahid.
The crime took place in Peshawar’s Achar Kali area on September 20.
The accused’s son reported the murders to police and lodged an FIR in the case, the officer said.
Police had to conduct several raids before the accused was apprehended from the Mosam Ghari area here, two days after the murders.
According to the DSP, Abdul Gani said he killed his daughters because he was “ashamed at their conduct as they used to leave the house at all hours,” the Dawn reported….
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