She had just given birth to twins, and her father shot her.
Yes, murders happen everywhere, and cases of parents killing their children exist across the world, but the crucial difference here is how the killings are rationalized and often praised, and how often they fail to be punished on a level that fits the crime. Under Sharia, a parent may face no penalty at all for killing a child.
After prior attempts at reform were quashed under protests that they violated “religious traditions,” it is now more possible in Jordan for perpetrators of honor killings to receive longer sentences. But how much time this man is actually sentenced to, and actually serves, bears watching. “Jordan woman killed in hospital over pregnancy,” from Agence France Presse, September 4:
A Jordanian man was charged on Sunday with killing his 24-year-old widowed daughter in hospital after she gave birth to twins, a judicial official said.
“Amman’s criminal court prosecutor charged the man with premeditated murder after he confessed to shooting dead his daughter on Saturday,” in Deir Alla in the Jordan Valley, the official told AFP.
The official quoted the suspect as saying “I was shocked that she was pregnant. I was enraged and shot her dead because she did something shameful.”
The woman has been a widow for four years.
“The man claimed he wanted to check on the condition of his daughter … then he shot her in the head,” said Ahmad Hwarat, head of the hospital where the killing took place.
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan but in so-called “honour killings” courts can commute or reduce sentences, particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women died in such murders each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.