Saturday 12 July 2014

Why Do Family Do Honour Killings By: Sherman Teo

Human rights activists protest against the killing of woman in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. The stoning to death of a pregnant Pakistani woman by her own family has thrust the issue of so-called honour killings into the spotlight. Honour killing is the killing of a member of a family who is perceived to have brought dishonour upon relatives.  But killings can be carried out for more trivial reasons, like dressing in a way deemed inappropriate or displaying behaviour seen as disobedient.  Men may also be targeted, by members of the family of a woman with whom they are perceived to have had an inappropriate relationship. Perpetrators have sometimes tried to justify their actions on religious grounds - but none of the world's main religions condone honour-related crimes. In some countries, these tribal customs have been codified into law, which may constitute legal grounds for killing a family member. The killings are also more prevalent in disenfranchised or remote communities. Killings have previously sparked protests in places like Pakistan

In my opinion, I believe that honour killing is not a good tradition that should be carried out because this encourages people to kill each other. This makes the people think that it is okay to kill each other sue to religious reasons. This will then also encourage them to use honour killing as a reason to murder someone. Honour killing is also not good because someone has to die just because he had committed the offense of dirtying the family name which I believe can be resolved between the family without murder.

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