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The disgraceful act of "honor killing".

Summary: Throughout the world, harmful traditions concerning women are carried out within the family, and an increasing number of women are killed in the name of honor.

Horrifically called "honor killing," it is the murder of a female family member by one or more fellow family members who believe the victim has brought dishonor upon the family, clan, or community. Providing a concrete definition of A1/2honore is not possible, as the word refers to a powerful concept--grounded by social perception--about the idea of masculinity and the historical male domination over woman. In Wednesday, April 7, it was the three-year anniversary of the death of Du'a Khalili Aswad. She was the 17-year-old Yazidi Kurdish girl who was stoned to death because of her love for a Muslim boy.Fadima Sahindal, a Kurdish Muslim immigrant who went to Sweden at the age of 7 from Turkey, was opposed to her family's insistence on an arranged marriage with one of her own cousins, and instead selected her own Swedish boyfriend. That choice became her death because on January 21, 2002, her father shot her in her head right in front of the eyes of her mother and two sisters. Banaz Mahmoud, 20, is another young Kurdish victim of the crime they like to call honor killing. Her body was found on April 28, 2006, crammed into a suitcase and buried in a pit, the bootlace used to strangle her still around her neck. The police in London suspect that the body was lying there for at least two months. Her father and uncles were found guilty of her murder.These murders were all committed by members of the Kurdish community, most of them Muslims. We cannot hide from the feeling of how bad this is--not only for human rights, which is the most important thing--but also for our reputation of the new modern Kurdistan we are attempting to build, especially when these hideous murders are shown on TV the world over. I believe that the crime is one of the most brutal practices in the modern world. When I read and hear about it, it truly makes me want to close my eyes and put my head under the pillow like I was 3 years old again.But I was not raised to act like that. I was raised by a Kurdish father and an Iranian mother in Sweden who taught me to always stand on my own two feet and never be in fear of the ugly truth that appears in life. So now, I, as a woman, believe that we all have to be stronger than we were before. I think that every women must stand up together with the men around her and fight for human rights--not only her own rights as a woman, but as her rights as a human being. Let's work on erasing this phenomenon in our country in order to lead a more peaceful life.

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Publication:The Kurdish Globe (Erbil, Iraq)
Date:Apr 10, 2010
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