A JORDANIAN man slowly strangled his 16-year-old married sister, using wire and the girl’s scarf, after she visited a female friend because he had to “cleanse family honour.”
Dec. 02, 2008–In such cases in Jordan, if family members drop charges against those who carry out the crime, a court usually commutes or reduces sentences.
Amayreh said the brother “has confessed, and claimed that he killed his sister to cleanse his family’s honour after her husband complained that she regularly disappeared from home without a reason”.
“She was killed six months after her marriage, and investigations proved that she was visiting her female friend, and not somebody else,” the judge said.
In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of “honour.” Last year around 17 such killings were recorded.
Perpetrators get reduced sentences as parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher sentences, despite campaigns by local and international human rights activists.
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