Jordan is the moderate Muslim country where the Parliament declined on Islamic grounds to stiffen penalties for honor killings. From AFP, :
AMMAN – A Jordanian woman hacked her 26-year-old daughter to death in her sleep with an axe for giving birth out of wedlock, the Jordan Times reported Sunday.
The 69-year-old mother and another daughter turned themselves in to police after Saturday”s killing, claiming they had acted to cleanse the “family honour”, the paper said, quoting official sources.
They were charged with premeditated murder, the sources said.
The victim had been divorced for the past seven years and had given birth to a boy on the day she was murdered.
Hours later “her enraged mother decided to kill her to cleanse the family honour,” one official told the newspaper.
“The mother and daughter waited until the victim went to sleep, took an axe and hacked her repeatedly until they made sure she was dead,” the official said.
More than 10 women have been killed in similar “honour crimes” since January in the conservative Muslim kingdom.