Monday, November 07, 2005

Honor Killing / Karo Kari

I recently read an article about an honor killing in London and I decided that I should do my part in putting some light on this barbaric practice.

The Human Rights Watch defines honor killings as "Honor crimes are acts of violence, usually murder, committed by male family members against female family members who are perceived to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by her family for a variety of reasons including, refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has acted in a manner to bring "dishonor" to the family is sufficient to trigger an attack. "

Even in 2004 and 2005 Honor Killing have been reported in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda and the United Kingdom. In Europe, honor killings have been reported within the Muslim and Sikh communities. Many cases of honor killing have been reported in Pakistan, where it is known as KaroKari. It is also reported among Sikhs in the adjacent Indian Punjab.

Even though almost all countries on the list have severe penalties against honor killings they are on the rise, even in the western world where honor killings were not very common a few years back, it is becoming an increasingly common problem in the west as young second-generation immigrants from Muslim backgrounds embrace liberal lifestyles, to the consternation of their traditional parents. Even though the world cries out at these barbaric acts enough is not being done to prevent these acts, it is about time that governments not siidleey by while people are slaughtered in the name of honor.
detaileded Information on honor killing can be found wikipedia's Honor Killing.

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