What Are Honor Killings?

Every year there are an estimated 5,000 honor killing committed around the world. So what are honor killings and why do they occur?

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Introduction (bbc.co.uk)
"Honour killing is the murder of a person accused of "bringing shame" upon their family."

Preliminary Examination of so-called "Honour Killings" in Canada (justice.gc.ca)
"Honour killings have been known since ancient Roman times, when the pater familias, or senior male within a household, retained the right to kill an unmarried but sexually active daughter or an adulterous wife."

Loophole halts justice for honor killing victims in Jordan (al-monitor.com)
"Batool Haddad, a Christian girl from the northern Jordanian village of Khirbet Wahadneh, kept relatively quiet about her interest in Islam, mentioning it probably only to her sister, who also kept it to herself."

Third of teens in Amman, Jordan, condone honor killings, study says (cnn.com)
"Almost half of boys and one in five girls in Jordan's capital city, Amman, believe that killing a woman who has "dishonored," or shamed, her family is justifiable, a study of teenagers' attitudes published Thursday revealed."