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.”
“Jordanian jailed for sister’s ‘honour killing,'” from AFP, January 29 (thanks to Maxwell):
AMMAN (AFP) – A Jordanian court sentenced a 19-year-old man to 10 years in jail for stabbing his sister to death in order to “cleanse the family honour,” a judicial official said on Friday.
The defendant turned himself in to police after killing his 22-year-old sister last year for many unexplained absences from home, said the official who requested anonymity.
“The court sentenced the defendant to 15 years in prison for premeditated murder, but reduced the sentence to 10 years after the family dropped any legal claims” against him, the source said.
“The defendant killed his sister with knife stabs on April 5, 2009 to cleanse the family honour, because of her many absences from home,” the official said. “He then turned himself over to the police.”
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called “honour” cases a court sometimes commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim’s family urges leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in honour killings each year in Jordan despite government efforts to fight such crimes….