Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tired of Honor Killings? By HJS


HJS COMMENTS: And now let us turn our Islamic Law books to pages 583 and 584 and look at first the paragraph citation and the topic, which is o1.1 (That is ‘small o, not zero, 1 point 1). The topic is ‘The following are not subject to retaliation:

And now, if we ignore those subparagraphs not in question [such as o1.1 (2) ‘A Muslim for killing a non-Muslim’] …and going directly to o1.1 (4) we see the following: ‘A father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.

Although many Muslim states do have on their books laws against murder (some with death penalties), in general, they do not usually punish for whatever is allowed by the sharia (Islamic Law). So, whatever the penalties might be given the father in the next article (thanks to Ideology of Islam for the post), it may not represent what really happens. Taqiyya (deception) is always allowed (demanded) whenever the reputation of Islam is involved. I believe we should keep even the thought of sharia law away from these shores; however some of our media folks seem to disagree.

Honor killing in Jordan: "I was enraged and shot her dead because she did something shameful."

She had just given birth to twins, and her father shot her.

Yes, murders happen everywhere, and cases of parents killing their children exist across the world, but the crucial difference here is how the killings are rationalized and often praised, and how often they fail to be punished on a level that fits the crime. Under Sharia, a parent may face no penalty at all for killing a child.

After prior attempts at reform were quashed under protests that they violated "religious traditions," it is now more possible in Jordan for perpetrators of honor killings to receive longer sentences. But how much time this man is actually sentenced to, and actually serves, bears watching. "Jordan woman killed in hospital over pregnancy," from Agence France Presse, September 4:

A Jordanian man was charged on Sunday with killing his 24-year-old widowed daughter in hospital after she gave birth to twins, a judicial official said.

"Amman's criminal court prosecutor charged the man with premeditated murder after he confessed to shooting dead his daughter on Saturday," in Deir Alla in the Jordan Valley, the official told AFP.

The official quoted the suspect as saying "I was shocked that she was pregnant. I was enraged and shot her dead because she did something shameful."

The woman has been a widow for four years.

"The man claimed he wanted to check on the condition of his daughter ... then he shot her in the head," said Ahmad Hwarat, head of the hospital where the killing took place.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called "honour killings" courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim's family asks for leniency.

Between 15 and 20 women died in such murders each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.

Posted by Marisol on September 5, 2011 12:12

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