Here we go again. I have posted this information many times before and will keep on posting it every time there is another honor killing, if only to leave a record, for as long as this site remains up, of the cravenness of the mainstream media in never reporting on the Islamic justification for honor killings accurately, and thereby enabling the practice to continue.
This is an Islamic phenomenon, and can only be stopped if it is confronted as such. 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.”
AMMAN – A Jordanian court has reduced the sentence of a man who killed his daughter because she left home without her husband’s knowledge from death to 10 years in jail, an official said Thursday.
“On January 29, the court initially condemned the man to death but gave him a reduced jail sentence after the family dropped all legal claims against him,” the judicial official told AFP.
“He has confessed to shooting and killing his daughter, who was in her late 20s, because she left her house for several days without her husband’s knowledge.”
He said the crime took place on November 13, 2012 in Ruseifeh, east of the capital Amman.
“The convict, who is in his 50s, has also confessed that he killed the woman to cleanse the family’s honor,” the official added.
Murder is punishable by death in Jordan, but in so-called “honor killings” courts usually commute or reduce sentences if the victim’s family requests leniency.
Between 15 and 20 women are murdered in honor killings in Jordan each year, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.