What is honorable about slicing the throat of any fellow human being?
According to AP, the police in Jordan today found the burned body of a pregnant woman whose throat had been slit and belly cut open showing her four-month-old foetus, in an apparent "honour killing".
"We found the body of the woman at dawn in Ruseifeh (east of Amman). Her throat was slit in a hideous way. The body was burned after the murder," AP quotes a police spokesman as saying.
"We believe it was an honour crime. The belly of the woman, who was in her twenties, was cut open and we could see her four-month-old unborn child, who was dead too. Investigations are still under way."
According to the report, between 15 and 20 women die in so-called "honour" murders each year in the Arab kingdom, despite government efforts to curb such crimes. A similar attack nearly took the life of a 17 year old in Kabul last week.
Bahrain-based writer, Omar Almasri explains honor killing as "the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members, in the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonor and shame to the family or community." Most victims of this dastardly act are women and girls. It's important that all women and men of goodwill must raise voice in condemnation of this impunity and violence against women. Independent's correspondent, Robert Fisk, right describes it as "a tragedy and horror and a crime that shames our world".
"It is difficult to remain unemotional at the vast and detailed catalogue of these crimes. How should one react to a man – this has happened in both Jordan and Egypt – who rapes his own daughter and then, when she becomes pregnant, kills her to save the "honour" of his family?, notes Fisk