Lene Wold watched in silent horror as the woman in front of her removed her niqab, the scarf covering her face.
Underneath, the features were destroyed by deep, livid scars, stretching over her nose and cheek and slicing through her eye.
The skin was red and mottled, and parts of her chin were gone.
Her name was Amina.
‘Who did this to you?’ asked Lene, an author and journalist.
‘Baba,’ came the reply. ‘My father.’
NO HONOUR ‘My best friend’s parents suffocated her with a plastic bag on their living room sofa and made her siblings watch – all because she was wearing a short sleeved T-shirt’
The man at the centre of a campaign to expose one of Pakistan’s most notorious “honour killings” cases has been shot dead nearly seven years after he brought it to national attention. M Ilyas Khan reports from Islamabad.
A video showing two men dancing as four women sing a wedding song to the beat of clapping would pass as normal anywhere in the world.
But this scene, filmed in 2011 in rural Pakistan, led to chilling consequences. The women in the video, and a young female member of the family who was also at the scene, are believed to have been killed by male relatives for “breaching their honour”.
A Canadian woman who converted to Islam was murdered in an honour killing investigators say was made to look like a suicide.
According to Pakistan’s Express News, Safia Nasir, 40, was killed sometime over the past week.
So far, it isn’t known what her pre-conversion name was or where she was from in Canada. She reportedly married a man from Pakistan and lived with him in the Samnabad area.
On Saturday, Canada granted asylum to Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. Detailed in a stream of tweets, the Saudi teenager had refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait, barricading herself into her hotel room to escape her abusive family. “My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things. My life is in danger,” she told journalists.
It is just the latest example of the fear and abuse many women experience in communities in which ‘honour-based violence’ is the norm.
At least 39 people have been killed in Russia’s North Caucasus in suspected honor killings over the past decade, according to a new report published by a Dutch human rights NGO on Thursday, which also said that the real number of murders was likely to be much higher.
The term honor killings refers to the murder of individuals suspected of infidelity or other “inappropriate” sexual behavior and are predominantly carried out by family members of a victim. Human rights groups have said that the practice has long been a problem in Russia’s predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region.
Footage of a young Syrian woman’s execution by her brother was greeted with widespread horror. Yet such violence is all too common – and as a member of the Free Syrian Army, with its own police and courts, the man is untouchable
The RCMP was under pressure to keep secret the federal government’s attempts last fall to extradite two B.C. residents to India where they are suspects in an alleged honour killing, according to court records.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“What is even more appalling is that instead of being angered at the incident, several men and women came forward to support the actions of the husband”
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.
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.”