I am not afriad of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today~William Allen White

DIS-honor killing

“A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honor killing just because she reportedly befriended boys”

“Zahida’s brother brutally attacked her because he alleged she had been unfaithful and brought shame to the family. He cut off her ears, tongue, and nose, gouged out her eyes, and left her for dead”

These brutal and inhumane acts of violence against women are performed under the guise of so-called “honor killings”, loosely defined as murder of women by men within her families for SUSPICIONS of infidelity, promiscuity, flirting and as RIDICULOUS as a woman’s desire for a divorce from an abusive husband or wishing to marry a man of her own choice.

How can such brutality and violence against women be considered an honorable act? I could not understand how men could justify such horrific acts of brutality against another helpless human. This complete disregard of women and consider them inferior, subject to the commands and desire of men lie in the belief often found in Middle East and Southeast Asia such as Pakistan and India that women are the property of men. In many instances, the cattle and farm animals of a family would be worth more in value than that of a woman.  In many cases, these women are treated worse than animals. An average woman in Pakistan is born a little above that of a slave, and crimes against women are so common, over 70% of women suffer from domestic violence. Sadly, degradation of women is so common many of them don’t even know they are being violated and oppressed against.

“Cut off her eyes so she couldn’t see, her ears because she won’t listen to me, her tongue so she could not testify”.

There is no such thing as “honor” in killing, this is blatant murder with intentions!   Who is to blame for these brutal acts? The illiterate men who believe their righteous acts will restore honor and pride to their family name? The government that cannot rid its nation of illiteracy and poverty? The families of abused women who are in so much poverty they are forced to accept bribe money from the attackers to provide a living for the children of the deceased mothers? How could these horrific acts be seen as honorable when they are met with painful screams and crying from the women they supposedly love? Who is to blame for the practice of  HONOR KILLING?

*revision of my post from August 2010

Comments on: "DIS-honor killing" (3)

  1. amru965 said:

    These men, they do all these atrocities against women in the name of religion and tradition. Those who run these religious institution and carry on practicing all these tradition are men themselves. Their inabilities to control themselves has made them put up these stupid rules and ” so – called ” tradition. My race is indian, I still see this behaviour in India , even though somewhat limited in Singapore, the saddening thing in this whole matter with crimes against women is the women who can put a stop to these – parents,siblings,relatives and spouse who could do something in this matter are contributing by keeping silent. It’s a vicious cycle. Only women can break this.

    • it makes me very angry humans can do these cruel acts to other human beings. You’re right, the vicious cycle is just disheartening and people really need to learn to speak up and not keep silent. The bystander effect is another scary thing. Is there another city in the world where women are actually more superior than men aside from HK? Lol, I am serious, men in HK are really whipped

      • amru965 said:

        for real? I suppose Singaporean women are scary too….hahah that’s why the men here are marrying more foreigners – vietnamese brides and so on….

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