The mentality underlying honor killing is that even a victim of rape is to blame, for she has sullied the family’s honor by engaging in sexual immorality. The fact that it was forced upon her makes no difference at all.
Think this is only something that greasy Islamophobes say?
Think again. We have seen a Muslim rape victim ostracized in India; the charging of a rape victim in Pakistan with adultery; Islamic clerics in Pakistan opposing attempts to end the equating of rape with adultery; a rape victim marrying her attacker in order to avoid being shunned; another rape victim converting to Islam in order to marry her attacker for the same reason; the sentencing of a victim of gang rape in Saudi Arabia to 200 lashes; the sentencing of another victim of gang-rape, a pregnant woman, to 100 lashes; the stoning of a rape victim in Somalia; nine-year-old rape victims in Iran rejected by their families and living on the streets; a Muslim rape victim in India ordered by Islamic clerics to leave her husband; a rape victim in Jordan murdered by her uncle to cleanse the family’s honor; and on and on.
And so this poor fellow, having imbibed these attitudes, is raped in prison, and the first thing he thinks is that he, not his attacker, is a “sinner.”
“Iran: Officials blame alleged rape victim for his own jailhouse attack,” from the Los Angeles Times, August 24 (thanks to James):
Iranian officials interviewed an alleged victim of jailhouse rape at the hands of security personnel. But instead of consoling him, they asked him embarrassing questions and blamed him for the violence.
They said it was the young man’s own fault for protesting the results of Iran’s June 12 presidential elections, according to a fresh account of the alleged rape published on the website of a prominent reformist politician.
“I asked them why I and others were raped in prison,” the young man says he asked two interrogators and a judge who had agreed to hear his story, according to the website of former parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi.
One of the three replied, “‘When the supreme leader confirmed the election result, everyone should have recognized it.”…
He said he was at first humiliated by the experience and suicidal, but was consoled by Karroubi, a cleric, who helped him regain his composure and self-esteem.
“He devoted himself like a psychiatrist to me to convince me that I was innocent,” he said, according to the account. “He cited religious examples, and I was finally convinced that when someone is raped with his hands and feet tied is not a sinner and is on the contrary an oppressed.”…