In recent years, honor killings have been gaining increasing attention in media. One women’s rights group reportsthat more than 2,800 deaths were reported across the United Kingdom last year, alone. Unfortunately, the official numbers are tough to nail down, considering that many of these crimes go unreported.
According to a new report from CBN, Islamic honor killings are on the rise in the West. This trend, which is illustrated in the report through some disturbing anecdotal examples, is apparently developing as more Muslims migrate to Western countries. CBN has more:
Although honor violence is sometimes committed by Hindus and Sikhs, it is usually a Muslim on Muslim crime. One study found that 91 percent of honor killings were committed by Muslims.
Among the examples given in a disturbing video report, a Canadian woman was strangled by her father after refusing to wear a headscarf and an Italian woman’s throat was slit by her father. Additionally, in another example, two sisters were shot by their father in a New York taxi.
These crimes, which are dubbed instances of “honor violence,” were motivated by victims going against their parents’ wishes, becoming to Westernized or trying to leave Islam, among other reasons. Shame and dishonor, thus, led the women’s families to take horrific action.
The perpetrators of ‘honour’ crimes tend to be close family members of their victims, who are, more often than not, female. What they have in common is that the victim’s personal conduct is thought to have brought shame on her family. Reasons for this perceived dishonour have been known to be anything from refusing an arranged marriage, seeking a divorce, beginning a relationship that the family does not approve of or even being the victim of a sexual assault.