STATS FROM WIKIPEDIA: An honor killing or honour killing (also called a customary killing) is the murder of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) that the victim has brought dishonour upon the family or community.
The perceived dishonor is normally the result of one of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: (a) dressing in a manner unacceptable to the family or community, (b) wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, (c) engaging in heterosexual sexual acts outside marriage, or even due to a non-sexual relationship perceived as inappropriate, and (d) engaging in homosexual acts.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that perhaps as many as 5,000 women and girls a year are murdered by members of their own families. Many women’s groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times more.
NB: for information on the undeniable link between “honour killings” and the Islamic faith, see: http://www.islam-watch.org/SyedKamran…
Mehmet Goren, described in court as a psychotic bully who terrorised his family, was handed a life sentence for killing his daughter Tulay because of her relationship with an older man who belonged to a different branch of Islam. The London schoolgirl disappeared in January 1999, shortly after her father told his eight-year-old son to kiss his sister goodbye as he would never see her again. Her body was never found.
Goren’s wife Hanim, who had suffered three decades of abuse at his hands, was among those who gave evidence against him, weeping and screaming in the witness box and demanding he reveal where the body was so she could bury it. One of his other daughters, Nuray Guler, also testified against him, screaming: “Even animals would not do what you have done.”
Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw told the court that the Goren case was a “terrible reminder of what honour-based crime can involve” and a “wake-up call” to the existence of so-called “honour killings” in Britain. Police had become involved with the family in the weeks before the murder, when Goren beat up his daughter’s boyfriend, Halil Unal, then complained about their relationship to officers and demanded she take a virginity test.
Tulay ran away and told police her father had beaten her and she would rather go into care than return home, but her mother persuaded her to go back. Goren attacked his daughter’s boyfriend for a second time just 13 days after Tulay went missing, this time with a hatchet, and it was while in hospital that Unal reported his girlfriend missing.
But police failed to put two and two together and it was two months before they began to suspect Tulay had been murdered. They submitted a file to prosecutors in 2000 but were told there was not enough evidence for charges. Goren was finally arrested in 2008, along with his two brothers, after a review. Both his brothers were cleared of wrongdoing in court Thursday.
An ethnic Kurd from Elbistan in Turkey, Goren had moved to Britain claiming asylum in 1996. He was jailed in 2000 for his hatchet attack on Unal but escaped deportation because his family all lived in Britain. The 49-year-old admitted hitting his daughter and wife but denied murder, saying he still believed Tulay was alive and “will turn up one day”.
And THIS NEW REPORT shows that Indonesia is mixing Honor, Sharia Law, and Virginity Tests.
SOURCE: Sharia vigilante violence rife in Aceh: report By Sen Lam for Radio Australia Posted Mon Dec 6, 2010
Islamic sharia laws in Indonesia’s Aceh province have been used by vigilante groups to harass and intimidate locals, a Human Rights Watch report says. The rights group has detailed evidence that the laws are often selectively enforced and rarely applied to wealthy or politically connected individuals.
Its report says sharia police sometimes force women and girls to get “virginity tests”.
Christen Broecker from Human Rights Watch says in one extreme case a woman was raped by sharia police while in detention. “The Aceh authorities should be commended because they did apprehend two of the three sharia policemen accused of raping this woman,” she told Radio Australia’s Connect Asia.
“They prosecuted them and they sent them to prison. “But there are a lot of other low-level abuses that we’ve tracked that have not been similarly punished.” The report accuses Aceh officials of violating Muslims’ rights by their interpretation of sharia laws. “We have no position on sharia law per se. The problem is that these two laws we find violate Muslim men and women’s rights,” Ms Broecker said. “So they’re harassed if they choose to have consensual relationships with members of the opposite sex.”
Sharia police told Human Rights Watch they were trained in interpreting Islamic law.
“But they can be imposed by the regular police as well, and private individuals are encouraged by the law to help apprehend violators,” Ms Broecker said. She says this has led to a situation where “vigilante violence is a major problem”. “We think it’s encouraged by the laws and by the police failure to apprehend anyone who commits violence in imposing them,” she said.
Ms Broecker says virginity tests are a gender-specific form of torture under international law and a practice that both the sharia police and the provincial government in Aceh have defended. She says women in Aceh can also be apprehended not just for failing to wear a veil but for wearing clothing sharia police consider tight.
“And there still does not seem to be a clear definition of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in their view,” Ms Broecker said.