Below is an account of the latest Jordanian dishonor killing. It's been fairly widely reported in the print media so, in memory of my late friend Pammy, I'm choosing the version her former employer published. It's short and not very sweet, but what strikes me about this one are, well, three things:
1. The perpetrator is a legal minor, probably hand picked by the adult male members of his family to do the deed so as to avoid even the already ridiculously minimal six-month average sentence. To paraphrase one Jordanian respondent in my survey on these crimes, this is child abuse.
2. The number of stabbings. These crimes couldn't be any more brutal. Imagine this young woman looking into the eyes of her little brother/killer while waging a battle for her very life. Her final moments must've been hell on earth.
3. The last paragraph clearly holds the Jordanian machinery of state to account for effectively sanctioning these crimes. This is good. Sometimes reporters launch into mealy-mouthed, multi-culti, apologist mumbo jumbo that makes it seem as though it might be OK to kill people for supposed honor.
There will be no photographs to add to my blog's albums of victims and perpetrators. The state, which controls the media in Jordan, never allows them to be released. They don't even allow them to be named.
Sigh. When will this end?
Teen Charged With Sister's 'Honour' Killing
July 4, 2008
A 16-year-old Jordanian boy has been charged with murder after his 23-year-old sister was stabbed to death in an apparent "honour" killing.
The unnamed suspect allegedly stabbed his sister 10 times in the heart yesterday in a village in the northeastern province of Mafraq, an official said.
"He has confessed to murdering his sister because she disappeared from home for a month with a boyfriend," the official added.
It was the seventh reported so-called "honour" killing this year, according to security officials.
Jordanian authorities recorded 17 such murders in 2007, slightly up on previous years.
Killers in such cases often receive light sentences if convicted, as parliament has twice refused to reform the penal code despite pressure from human rights groups to end the near impunity of the perpetrators.
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