10 suspicions that can lead to ‘honour killing’

2014-05-31 18:40
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Cape Town - So-called ‘honour killings’ have been thrust into the spotlight after Farzana Parveen from Pakistan was beaten to death with bricks by her relatives. The reason: She married a man against the wishes of her family.

‘Honour killing’ also known as Karo-Kari, meaning “black male” - “black female” and together has come to signify the custom whereby couples found in, or merely suspected of an adulterous relationship are summarily killed by family members.

The incident has highlighted the extreme repression of women in Pakistan where suspicion could lead to death by stoning.

A 2005 case study done in Pakistan’s Sindh province by PDI highlighted suspicion as one of the main factors behind ‘honour killings’ and listed ten main activities which could label a woman as having a bad character, putting her at risk of violent punishment.

- Women who frequently stand near the door

- Frequently looking or peeping from the door

- Looking or peeping from a window

- Talking with a person who is not a close relative

- Praising any male except the husband, brother, or father

- Frequent visits by an outsider male to the house

- Frequent standing of any male near the house

- Doing make-up outside of any special event e.g. Eid

- Preparing any embroidery for any male outside the family without remuneration

- Accepting praise by a man outside the family
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