UK: Muslim parents get 25 years for murdering their daughter in honor killing
Posted by Robert on August 3, 2012 11:05 AM
"For me this is not an 'honour killing', it's a clear case of murder."
Here again we see the general tendency to deflect attention away from the root causes of murders such as these.  Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
The Palestinian Authority  gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have  asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now.  Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And 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."
In light of all this, until authorities get the courage to tell the truth about honor killing, there will be many more such murders.
"Shafilea Ahmed murder trial: Parents guilty of killing," from the  BBC, August 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The parents of Shafilea Ahmed have been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.
The 17-year-old went missing from her home in Warrington, Cheshire, in 2003 and her body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria six months later.
Iftikhar, 52, and Farzana Ahmed, 49, had denied her murder but the jury at Chester Crown Court returned guilty verdicts against them both.
Mr Justice Roderick Evans said they would both serve a minimum of 25 years.
The judge told them: "Your concern about being shamed in your community was greater than the love of your child."
The couple suffocated Shafilea with a plastic bag after years of abuse.
After the trial. Det Supt Geraint Jones described the killing as a "vile and disgraceful act against someone they should have been very proud of".
He added: "For me this is not an 'honour killing', it's a clear case of murder."...
No, it's an honor killing.
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