Honour killings

An honour killing or shame killing is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family, and more often than not, women were the victims. 

In many cultures where honor is of central value, men are sources, or active generators/agents of that honor, while the only effect that women can have on honour is to destroy it. Once the honour is destroyed by the woman, there is a need for immediate revenge to restore it, in order for the family to avoid losing face in the community, and for this reason, in some cultures, honour killings are considered less serious than other murders simply because they arise from long-standing cultural traditions and are thus deemed appropriate or justifiable.

Honour killings have been documented since Ancient Rome, when the pater families (the oldest male in a family) had the right to kill an unmarried sexually active daughter or an adulterous wife. In medieval Europe, early Jewish law mandated stoning for an adulterous wife and her partner. So, if this is the case, and honour killings can be traced to most parts of the world, why is all the blame put to middle eastern culture?

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