"Upon questioning, the uncle told the police that he killed his 'niece to cleanse his family’s honour,' the source added."
How did she sully that honor? By being raped.
In 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."
"Man charged with premeditated murder of his 16-year-old niece," by Rana Husseini for the Jordan Times, August 13 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
AMMAN - Criminal Prosecutor Ashraf Abdullah on Tuesday charged a 39-year-old man with the premeditated murder of his niece in the latest so-called honour crime to take place in Jordan.
The 16-year-old victim, who was not identified by officials, was shot nine times in the head and back, allegedly by her uncle, at her home in an Amman neighbourhood.
The police found the uncle, a construction worker, walking on the street with the gun still his hand, the source said.
Upon questioning, the uncle told the police that he killed his “niece to cleanse his family’s honour,” the source added.
A second source told The Jordan Times that the girl was a victim of incestuous rape by two of her relatives almost 11 months ago and became pregnant.
“The victim delivered a baby boy almost two months ago with the knowledge of her father who took her to the hospital and supported her since she was a rape victim,” the source said.
But four days ago, the uncle “claimed that he learned of the incident and decided to kill her in the name of family honour,” the source added.
On Tuesday, the suspect grabbed a gun and headed to his brother’s house, the source said, adding that “he went to the victim’s room and shot her nine times while she was asleep and left without uttering a word”....