By the standards of this case, most American girls would be murdered in their mid teens.
And protecting the privacy of the perpetrator, sentencing him to a measly six months (which is the average sentence in Jordan for these crimes). . .well, just for reference, consider me in my teens. I wasn't even a bad kid. Was an honor student. Hard working. Popular. Well read. Kind to animals, children, old people, and other vulnerable groups. Head majorette (OK, in hindsight, that's a little embarrassing, but the Title IX funds hadn't yet made it into the system, so what was an athletic girl to do?!). But I spent most of my teen years "grounded for life" for being slightly mouthy. And occasionally, when really desperate, my parents threatened to out me and my misdeeds to my teachers and my friends. So I get that, while this man kills his own daughter, keeps his anonymity, and is given a small swat on the hands by the authorities?!
Something is wrong with this picture. Very wrong. Too bad my parents don't rule the world.
Man Gets Six-Month Sentence for Killing Daughter in Jordan
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A Jordanian man was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday for murdering his 16-year-old daughter by electrocution in an apparent "honour killing," a court source said.
"In November 2006, the man lost consciousness after his daughter told him that she had slept with a young man. She also cursed him and said it was none of his business," the source told AFP.
"When the enraged man woke up, he beat the girl on the head with a stick and electrocuted her by attaching bare electric wires to her body. She died immediately."
The father committed the crime in the exclusive Abdoun area, west of Amman, and was charged with murder after he confessed to murdering his daughter "to cleanse the family's honour," the source said.
The source refused to give the name of the father.
Jordanian authorities recorded a total of 17 so-called traditional "honour killings" in 2007, a slight increase compared to previous years. [But the true number is unknown, because many others are unreported or disguised as accidents or suicides.]
The killers often receive light sentences if convicted, as parliament has refused to reform the penal code to end the near impunity of the perpetrators.
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