Category Archives: Honor Killings

Man kills daughter, her family in name of ‘honour’

Four members of a family were killed in the name of honour in Punjab’s Hafizabad district on Friday, Express News reported.

A man murdered his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in the village of Nasoowal in Pindi Bhitiyan after his daughter ran away from home four years ago to marry a man of her choice. The accused, Gulzar, attacked the family in the night.

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Honor killing – coming to a neighborhood near you

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, a 60-year-old Jordanian immigrant, was convicted this summer by a Harris County, Texas jury for the “honor killings” of his daughter’s husband, 28-year-old Coty Beavers, and her close friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, in two separate shootings in 2012.

Irsan had planned to commit another three murders, intending to kill everyone who helped his daughter leave home to live with the man of her own choice – that is, not someone her father alone decided she was to marry. From the victim’s name, it doesn’t seem he was Muslim, another strike against his continuing to remain alive after taking a female Muslim partner.

Several women in the household, including Irsan’s wife and another daughter, apparently helped him carry out his murderous plans.

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Jordanian immigrant sentenced to death for Texas ‘honor killings’ of son-in-law, daughter’s friend

A Texas father convicted in the 2012 murders of his son-in-law and his daughter’s best friend — in what was described in court as a set of “honor killings” — was sentenced to death Tuesday.

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, was convicted of capital murder last month in connection with the deaths of his American son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and Iranian women’s rights activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh.

Prosecutors said Irsan, a conservative Muslim who immigrated to the U.S. from Jordan, became enraged after his daughter Nesreen married Beavers and converted to Christianity. According to investigators, Bagherzadeh had encouraged Nesreen Irsan to marry Beavers.

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Mohammedan who slaughtered his 2 daughters in Houston ‘honor killings’ tells jury he treated them like ‘like princesses”

A Jordanian immigrant convicted in a pair of “honor killings” told jurors on Friday that he treated his daughters “like princesses” and constantly gave other people gifts, an attempt to avoid the death penalty for separate 2012 slayings of his son-in-law and his daughter’s best friend.

“I would buy a lot of gifts. I love to make people smile,” said Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, as he testified in his own defense for the second time. “Put a smile on people’s faces.”

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Texas: Muslim ‘honor killer’ praised 9/11 attacks; killed another son-in-law in 1999

A Jordanian immigrant facing the death penalty in Houston praised Osama bin Laden for the terror attacks on New York City on September 11, 2001, and said the violence was deserved, his daughter testified Tuesday.

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Texas jury convicts immigrant in ‘honor killings’ case

Brought “diversity” to Texas.

HOUSTON — A Jordanian immigrant could face the death penalty after a Texas jury convicted him of killing his daughter’s American husband and an Iranian women’s rights activist in what prosecutors described as “honor killings.”

Prosecutors say Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was enraged when Nesreen Irsan left home to marry a Christian and convert to Christianity, so he orchestrated the killings of his son-in-law and his daughter’s close friend who had encouraged the marriage.

“Honor and shame, that’s what this is all about,” special prosecutor Anna Emmons told jurors. “You heard him say honor is a big deal to him. And the only way to clean that honor is to kill.”

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Houston: Muslim testifies her husband confessed to ‘honor killing’ Christian son-in-law

The wife of a Jordanian immigrant testified Wednesday how her husband slipped into his son-in-law’s northwest Harris County apartment and fatally shot him minutes after his daughter left for work, one of two “honor killings” she and their son helped him commit.

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Houston father accused in honor killings begins death penalty trial

Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the death penalty trial of a Jordanian immigrant accused in a pair of “honor killings” that shocked Houston.

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan’s prosecution is the first death penalty trial this year in Harris County, and the first one since District Attorney Kim Ogg took office in January 2017, although special prosecutors have been appointed. Ogg recused her office because one of her top lieutenants had been connected to the case before joining the administration.

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan

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Honor Killing and Islam

A new book documents the spread of a vicious practice into the West.

Phyllis Chesler pioneered the study of violence against women in the late 1960s, concentrating on women living in North America and Europe. By 2003, she was writing about honor killings, based on newspaper accounts, Internet sources, interviews, and memoirs. She then embarked on a series of equally pioneering, meticulously researched, academic studies of honor killings in the West, but also in the Middle East and South Asia. These studies and over 90 articles on the same subject are collected for the first time in A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing.

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The Horrors of Honor Violence: Terrorism At Home

She was a 15-year-old student at San Antonio’s Taft High School with a soft smile and dark eyes. Like most girls her age in Texas, she favored blue jeans. Unlike most girls her age in Texas, in 2017 she was promised in marriage to a man 10 years her senior, who would pay her parents $20,000 to take her as his wife.

But the Iraqi-born Maarib Al Hishmawi had no intention of marrying so young, least of all to a man so much older and whom she hardly even knew. She refused.

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A Murder in the Mountains

In the West, honor killing isn’t alien anymore.

…Blues is big in this town. So are antique American cars. In short, this isn’t exactly a hub of European anti-Americanism. The locals tend to be down-to-earth, unpretentious, hard-working. Many of them take much the same jaundiced view of Oslo that middle Americans take of Washington, New York, and Hollywood. Living here is not all that different, I suspect, from living in the mountains of Kentucky or Tennessee.

So it’s a measure of the rapidity with which things have changed in Europe that even here in Notodden, there are women in hijab all over the place. The other day I was on a local bus, and the majority of passengers were women in hijab. There was a little girl in a pram – she was in hijab, too.

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