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Transcript of Honor Killings
http://www.halftheskymovement.org/campaigns/gender-based-violence What is an honor killing? Noun
The killing of a relative, esp. a girl or woman, who is perceived to have brought dishonor to the family.
an ancient tradition still sometimes observed; a male member of the family kills a female relative for tarnishing the family image Does Islam justify honor killings honor killings have nothing to do with Islam. This is a tribal, medieval mentality that is seen in tribes in Pakistan and India, and often is not even seen in Islamic communities. It's basically part of the ignorance of the tribal community.
So if all this is true, where does this idea of "honor killing" come from in the Muslim world? Unfortunately, it is one of the ugly elements of pre-Islamic Arabian culture that continues to reassert itself,
Prophet Muhammad nearly lost his own beloved wife to the madness of the crowds screaming about "sexual honor." His wife Aisha was once falsely accused of adultery and was the victim of a gossip campaign meant to destroy her reputation and potentially her life. The Holy Qur'an exonerated her of the false accusations, and then demanded that anyone accusing a woman of adultery would have to bring four witnesses to the act of sexual intercourse. Of course, such a requirement is impossible to meet, and its purpose was to end the threat to women's lives under claims of "preserving honor." Aisha was saved, but generations of women continue to be haunted by this curse from The Days of Ignorance, as Muslims refer to the era before Islam. The greatest tragedy of Islam is that some Muslim men continue to uphold these pagan practices that the Prophet outlawed 1,400 years ago. So then how do people justify it? there is no single ethnic, cultural or religious indicator of HBV. Rather that HBV has occurred within many different societies, and many different periods in history, within male-dominated societies where there is an insistence upon the control of female autonomy. Culture rooted in ancient tribal customs whereby the honor of a family or a whole village is represented by the morality, chastity and proper behavior of its women. Any perceived violation of that sense of honor often leads to deadly consequences. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights acknowledges that so-called ‘honor killings’ have occurred in Great Britain, Brazil, India, Ecuador, Israel, Italy, Sweden, and Uganda as well as in Muslim nations such as Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, and Morocco. In Latin America, ‘crimes of passion’ committed by men are not classified as murders and are instead treated leniently or completely excused. The father said the girl had turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle, and he told her it was wrong.
"She said `I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again.' By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way," the girl's mother
"I killed her because she was no longer a virgin,' he told me. 'She made a mistake, willingly or not. It is better that one person dies than the whole family of shame and disgrace. It is like a box of apples. If you have one rotten apple would you keep it or get rid of it? I just got rid of it."
did not want to accept a marriage her father had arranged for her
demanding to marry a partner of their choice
'I know that killing my sister is against Islam and it angered God, but I had to do what I had to do and I will answer to God when the time comes." He added, "I know my sister was killed unjustly but what can I do? This is how society thinks. Nobody really wants to kill his own sister." Sughar Women Program work directly with tribal leaders, influential men and mullahs in tribal villages of Pakistan to promote traditional customs such as MUSIC, LANGUAGE AND EMBROIDERY. Where's the church in all this? Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore: "there is no justification of such killing for the sake of the family's honor."
"It is an old and unjust feudal practice in Pakistan that denies women the right to make decisions on their own,"
"Although it is rare, it even happens among Christians," he said. "Once they reach a certain age, freely choosing one's spouse is a fundamental right and we cannot deny it."
"People who go to foreign countries should accept to live in an international culture, adhere to international values based on universal human rights. And if they cannot adjust to international values and norms, they should come back to Pakistan." The real problem is that the church isn't doing anything about it Honor Killings in the United States Palestina Isa, stabbed with a butcher knife 13 times in the chest while her mother held her down, November 1989
Amina and Sarah Said, both were shot to death, January 1, 2008
Sandeela Kanwal, strangled to death with a bungee cord, July 6, 2008
Fauzia A. Mohammad, chased and stabbed multiple times, July 17, 2008
Aasiya Hassan, beheaded, February 2009
Rifqa Bary, threatened with death, July 2009
8-year-old girl, abandoned, July 16, 2009
Noor Faleh Almaleki, ran over by a car and died in hospital a few weeks later, October 2009
Isa M. Mehri, beaten with a pipe then strangled to death with a rope, October 26, 2009
Jessica Mokdad, shot to death, April 30, 2011
Aiya Farhan, beaten, burned and tied to a bed, February 2012
17-year old girl, burned, verbally and mentally abused, March 20, 2013 Pro Life? How can anyone be passionate about saving the lives of the unborn and turn a blind eye to atrocities that are destroying the lives of women and girls globally? Does pro-life just mean pro-Western lives? If we rightly understand Jesus and his prophets, do we not have responsibility for and are we not called to address these other global issues? Gender-based violence that claims one woman per minute. (mass rape and honor killings, maternal mortality, and sex trafficking and forced prostitution)
The United Nations estimates that 5,000 women and girls are murdered annually by male relatives as punishment for behavior judged to have damaged the family's reputation
It's such a difficult phenomenon to accurately record because many don't get reported, or they happen in remote areas, or are classified as something else
is estimated that only one honor killing in 10 is reported Are our abortions are the same as their honor killings? many in the East condemn the West as being a place with an evil culture where women have sex with countless numbers of men followed by countless numbers of abortions all in the name of their feminist, godless freedom with absolutely no respect for life. the customs of our culture even before Islam's arrival are more cemented than even the religion itself in the name of deeply rooted rituals and beliefs. Besides, most people never really study the Quran and have a very limited, distorted view of their own religion. Thus, they act on cultural impulse "It's based on ignorance and a lack of respect for women. It has no place in any civilized society. Like all other religions Islam prohibits murder and killing of innocents. Honor killing should be wiped off the face of the planet through education and empowerment of Muslim women's rights by focusing on the true interpretation of the Quran." Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) an NGO which works to fund the food and medical needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan as a result of the war with the Taliban. "with education and cross cultural communication we should wipe it off the face of the planet. True Islam gives rights to women which have to be illuminated by Muslim majority governments and civil society and the media." Organizations Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Half the Sky Movement
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
International Rescue Committee
Tahirih Justice Center
World Health Organization
Human Rights Watch
Futures Without Violence Places But there is a fine line between culture and abuse The Israeli police claim that according to Arab culture women’s issues should be resolved behind closed doors and within the family structure. The Israeli police perceive murder cases as something that is accepted as part of the Arab culture. Na'am (yes) . We are very active in the community in order to raise awareness about our services. We organize protests, engage in community projects, and write letters to the government. And we work on reducing the unemployment rate and the rate of school dropouts among women. child protective services has apparently said they didn't want to get involved in a "cultural issue," Iraq’s penal code allows lenient punishment for so-called honor killings on grounds of provocation or if the accused had “honorable motives.”68 According to the penal code’s article 128, “[T]he commission of an offence with honorable motives or in response to the unjustified and serious provocation of a victim of an offence is considered a mitigating excuse.” Article 130 allows the court to reduce a death penalty to one years imprisonment and to commute a life sentence to six months imprisonment where there are such mitigating circumstances.69 Additionally, Article 409 limits the prison sentence to less than three years for an honor killing of a wife by her husband. since 2003, honor crimes have increased because of the poor security situation. “The worse the security situation gets, the more people go back to their tribe for help. When there is a lack of security, people revert to tribal justice.”74
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
This is not a culture that deserves respect.
Islamic honor killings are on the rise around the world as a new, more militant strain of Islam becomes increasingly popular. Laws Gabrielle Green Those who do justify honor killings with their Islamic faith should be considered as most Christians consider Fred Phelps Half the Sky Movement The gravest threat to a woman’s life is violence inflicted upon her simply because she is a woman.
Women between the ages of 15 and 45 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Often times, violent acts such as rape, female genital cutting, or extreme physical abuse are used to intimidate, humiliate and discredit women, denying them political weight in society and forcing them into silent, second-class citizenship. Beyond personal injury, gender-based violence also results in unwanted pregnancies, severe psychological trauma and an increase in maternal mortality.
Half the Sky Movement is helping reverse this devastating trend by shining a light on these horrific acts of violence and inspiring victims to champion gender equality and safety. Sughar Women Program Making a Difference Western vs. Eastern culture Sughar Centers where village women are recruited to join for six months to have 2 hours of sessions everyday on enterprise development, self awareness, life skills, basic education and value addition of traditional embroidery. Upon graduating from the six-month course, each woman is offered a loan to start her own small business now working with 700 women in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. Our goal is to open more Sughar Centers throughout Pakistan, one village at a time, to reach 1 million women in the next 10 years!