The seventh known Jordanian dishonor killing of the year occurred yesterday in Zarqa, a city perhaps best known as the birthplace of the late al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Apparently, a 19-year-old woman--unnamed, as is always the case in Jordanian dishonor killings--was beaten by her father and two minor brothers for more than two hours. She fell unconscious, was rushed to the hospital by an uncle, and declared D.O.A. The perpetrators have claimed family honor as their motive because the teen apparently lied about her whereabouts and was busted wearing makeup. I wish I were kidding. Murdered for wearing some mascara and lipstick. I guess the family's honor is so terribly fragile it couldn't withstand a normal bit of beautification.
Supposedly, the victim set out to run some errands with her 14-year-old brother, agreeing to meet him later at a designated place. An uncle later noticed her wearing makeup and sitting on the sidewalk at a different location. He turned her over to her father, who became enraged and began to beat her with a garden hose. When the two younger brothers showed up, he thoughtfully sectioned the garden hose into three pieces so everyone could join in. After two hours of being beaten by three males in her family, the teen collapsed. Who knows where the mother, the aunties, and any sisters may have been.
A post-mortem examination established that there had been no sexual activity. This is usually the case. The family acts as judge, jury, and executioner. The law doesn't even stipulate what acts and behaviors are considered infractions of supposed family honor. Females can be summarily executed just because someone gets a wild hair up his bum.
(Here's the International Herald Tribune's account of this crime: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/03/21/news/ML-Jordan-Honor-Killing.php)
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