Police and religious communities across Europe are mounting new offensives against “honour killings”. The moves follow a string of high-profile cases across the continent when family members have been successfully prosecuted for killing young daughters and other relatives, normally because they refused to take part in arranged marriages or had fallen in love with someone deemed unsuitable.
A case in Britain this month, which ended with a Turkish father being found guilty and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years for killing his 15-year-old daughter in 1999 because of an affair she was having with a man from a different sect of Islam, was described as “a wake-up call” over the problem of honour killings.
The conviction of Mehmet Goren, the father of Tulay Goren, was possible only because his wife spoke out after 10 years of silence. The UK case marked the first time that prosecutors called on expert witnesses in an honour crime trial. They were used to describe how the “namus”, or family code of honour, worked among Turkish Kurds. Such developments, plus the establishment of special police units with a greater understanding of honour crimes, are being mirrored in Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy after high-profile cases there.
Far from all of the trials have involved Muslims. Young Hindu and Sikh women who refuse arranged marriages and, particularly, those who fall in love with someone from a different caste, have been victims as well. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women are killed in the name of honour worldwide each year, at least 1,000 in Pakistan. According to the UN Development Fund for Women, 22 women in India are killed every day in dowry-related murders.
via Europe Waking Up to Honour Killings After Turkish Kurd Jailed in UK.
For a background on Tuley Goren’s outrageous murder, click here and here.
This can be one of the worst deeds committed in the name of religion. Religion should be something to soften the soul, stay in touch with our Maker and see things in their right perspective. We are nothing but sand grains which could be carried away by the storm. The problem appears when some of those grains begin to think they can have power over the rest. That is, when people use whatever means (including religion) to control and to gain power over the others.
But in these cases, it’s not only the murder the horrible thing. Killing a relative is already so hard (except if you are Jack the Ripper), but in these cases, it’s not the most important thing. It’s the cruelty, the savagery, the viciousness of the killers. They normally punish to a horrible extent their victims, who are their wifes, sisters, daughters… It remembers me this: “so much negativity” in their souls:
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What is certain is that every day we have news of this absolutely disgusting reality.