The Associated Press is reporting that Jordan has established a special tribunal to speed up the trials for dishonor killings cases in the country. That is all well and good, but I've never heard even a single person in Jordan--or any human rights activist, for that matter--whinge that the legal process for these crimes is too lengthy. What most of us wonder is why the victims and the at-risk people seem to have too few rights and why the legal and social penalties for these crimes are so paltry. The rights of the perps are really high-class, low-priority problems in the scheme of things.
Meantime, over in Gaza, a man is being held on suspicion of having bludgeoned to death his daughter for owning a mobile telephone. That's it. I'm not kidding. No sex. No flirting. No short skirts or bare arms. She had the audacity to own a phone, and that was enough to get her slaughtered.
In happier, more just news, Dr. Jitu has blogged of progress on this front in India. Let's hope this results in better outcomes for the victims.
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