“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