forced marriages

Nigeria: A Child, a Bride, a Killer?

WASILA Umar, 14, has hit fame: she allegedly killed her husband, his three friends, and injured many others. What is she doing with a husband at 14? The wise men in her community in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State said she was ripe for marriage. Their word is law. What is a 14-year-old’s .. read more

Honour killing: HC commutes to life death sentence of three

The Delhi High Court today commuted to life term the death sentence awarded to three members of a family for the honour killing of a teen couple in 2010, saying there is a possibility of their reformation. A special bench of justices S Muralidhar and Mukta Gupta acquitted two others – the girl’s mother and aunt – who also .. read more

202 women murdered in the name of honour in Sindh last year

ISLAMABAD: In 2013, as many as 202 women were murdered in the name of Karo-kari (honour killing) in Sindh, Special Home Secretary Sindh informed the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Monday. The secretary also stated that at least 28 honour killing cases have been reported in 2014 thus far. He added that the incidence .. read more

Friend says BBA student killed by family for ‘honour’

GURGAON: A suspected case of honour killing was reported from Jharsa village on Saturday wherein a friend of the 21-year-old victim claimed that the woman was murdered by her family for fostering a relationship with a boy. The family, however, claims that she died after an epileptic attack on Friday. A case has been registered .. read more

Loyola University Maryland History Professor Wins Fulbright to Study Italy’s Honor Killing Law

Steven Hughes, Ph.D., professor and chair of history at Loyola University Maryland, is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Grant to study the 19th and 20th century evolution of an Italian law that drastically lessened the punishment for honor killings. Hughes will conduct his research in Rome during the 2014-15 academic year, with a .. read more

We can end honour killings, but not with films by anti-Muslim zealots

“Honour killing” is a centuries-old practice affecting primarily Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh women. According to Human Rights Watch, it goes across cultures and religions, and its dynamics are comparable to those behind dowry deaths and crimes of passion. Now there is a gruesome twist: young men have been killed by their families after declaring .. read more

‘I Almost Had My Daughter Killed After She Fell In Love With The Wrong Man’

A man admitted almost having his daughter killed in an honour killing after she fell in love with a man. James O’Brien was discussing the story of a woman who was sentenced to a gang rape by a village court in India and asking how anything like that could possibly happen. But “Simon” in Surbiton .. read more

1600 Pakistani women murdered, 370 raped in 2013

KARACHI- At least 1601 women were killed in Pakistan in the name of honor or for other reasons in 2013. According to data provided by the Madadgar National Helpline Founder Zia Ahmed Awan, at least 370 women were raped while 185 incidents of gang-rape were reported across the country. He said that 2133 women were .. read more

Honour killing in Jammu

The railway police at Jammu railway station during their routine check on June 21 found the body of a 20-year-old girl in a gunny bag. During investigation, the police has suspected a grisly tale of honour killing. Now, a police team has been rushed to Bihar to arrest absconding parents. Link to video: Honour killing in .. read more

Honour killing? Lawyers boycott courts to protest killing

SUKKUR: The legal fraternity in Jacobabad stayed away from courts on Wednesday to protest the murder of a former president of the Jacobabad District Bar Association, Haji Anwar Ali Jakhrani. The bullet-riddled body of the victim was found near Dargah Pir Afzal Shah within the Airport police limits on Wednesday morning. Police rushed to the scene .. read more