Stop honour killings

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 5-02-2012 20:39 | Category: Human rights, Violence, Women's Issues

According reports of the UN, violence against women is the biggest killer of women (Age 15-44 years). One form of violence against women is the so-called “honor killing”. Honor killings are a pre-Islamic practice that is not justified with the theology of Islam. They are characteristic of archaic tribal societies organized before particularly in the Middle East.

The honor killing is not only practiced in the Islamic context, however, is a special honor killings of accumulation observed in Islamic societies.
But such practices persist in Sikh and Hindu communities as well, and only a few decades ago, crimes were still committed in the name of honor in Mediterranean countries like Italy, Spain, Greece, and are still happening in Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, in the eastern parts of Turkey…

India occupies a particularly prominent role. This video of International Campaign Against Honour Killings shows us the world where the crime is still happening, where the crime is part of tradition.

(more after the video)


Neither the society nor the courts consider all the honor killings, where he has ancestral practice, as a truly criminal act. Honour killings are often regarded as socially acceptable and there means as a legitimate or even necessary of Defense of the family honor.

The man dominates the woman in this society concept and applies it as superior.

The act is usually accompanied by a male relative - brother or father. Often a minor is defined as the perpetrator, so that the penalty in the case of the prosecution is lower.
The women are threatened, kidnapped, killed.

In this video above we can see how such social constraints that rely on tradition, forming a world from which it is difficult to escape.
What drives families to such bloodshed?
These women need help.

The International Campaign Against Honour Killing is a project started by Diana Nammi Director and Founder of London-based charity IKWRO which provides support and protection to women faced with ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage.

The project was established in the aftermath of the murder of Heshu Yones, who was stabbed to death by her Kurdish father in London in 2002.

ICAHK is a secular organisation which stands for the universality of human rights.

The International Campaign Against Honour Killing

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