Saturday 12 July 2014

Why do family do honor killings ? by Zoslyn

Summary : Honor killings is the killing of a family member who is perceived to have brought dishonor 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 but mostly it is the women that are being targeted. Thousand of women were being killed  by their family members every year in the middle east and asia. Most of the families are able to escape the punishment simply because there is not enough witness to justify it and there is little motivation in the community for the police to pursue the suspect. Recently, honor killings have sparked protest in places like Paskistan.

Opinion : In my opinion, i feel that honor killing should be abolished in this society. Firstly, it is a bad influence. Honor killing is just a perception of killing family member because they brought dishonor to the family in the past. If honor killing still continues, these traditions will still be carried out or influenced by the next generation. The next generations will just think that it is not an offence to kill their own family member.

Secondly, it is not a right thing to do. As a saying goes " Blood is thicker than water ". Family ties is obviously stronger than friendship. Why kill a family member just because they did something that is wrong but not that serious ? Won't the parent feel remorseful that they killed their own child ? Therefore, why not just give their child a second chance to repent themselves and forgive them.

Lastly, honor killing is a psychotic thing to do. It does not make sense that killing of family members because they brought dishonor upon relatives. If that is the case, it also brings disgrace and inhumanity to the family name. Which is worst ? i guess we all have the same answer.

Thus, i strongly think that honor killing should not be carried out as a tradition anymore and should not be taken lightly.

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