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Human Rights watch defines"honour killing" as follows:
Honour killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons. Why do Honour Killings occur? Honour killing is rooted in patriarchal societies. ’Honour killing’ is an unjust act, it is a justification to selfish egocentric act when men’s power is challenged and it is a calculated response to eliminate ones who disobey traditional norms. What is patriarchal Societies? Literally 'rule by the father' but more generally it refers to a social situation where men are dominant over women in wealth, status and power. Patriarchy is associated with a set of ideas, a 'patriarchal ideology' that acts to explain and justify this dominance and attributes it to inherent natural differences between men and women. Sociologists tend to see patriarchy as a social product and not as an outcome of innate differences between the sexes and they focus attention on the way that gender roles in a society affect power differentials between men and women WARNIG: What you may see or hear, is very graphic and senstive material