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honour killingJoe Segen2016-12-05T06:17:08+00:00
The killing of a member–usually female–of one’s family or social group by another member of the same family or social group, based on the perpetrators’ belief that the victim dishonoured the family in some way.
Frequency The UN estimates 5,000 women die from honour killings/year. Women’s groups in the Middle East say the figure is closer to 20,000.
Dishonourable behaviours or acts Violating the group’s dress code, trying to end or prevent an arranged marriage, sexual activity outside of marriage (or even thinking about it), engaging in homosexual acts. Typically, the killers are punished lightly, if at all.
Synonyms Customary killing, honor killing