FOXNews.com – Top Stories – Honor Killings Move West
In parts of some countries in the Middle East and South Asia, the penalty for a particularly shocking sort of murder – “honor killings” is basically nothing, because “honor killing” is simply a tradition.
But it’s a tradition some are taking with them to Britain.
In one case, a 16-year-old Kurdish girl moved to England with her family who were refugees from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. She embraced the ways of her new home but was still proud to be a Kurd but she dressed up, wore makeup and fell in love.
For that, her father stabbed her 17 times with a kitchen knife last October and killed her. He recently pleaded guilty to the murder. The girl apparently planned to run away but decided not to because she thought it would ruin her family.
The killing apparently was sparked by the belief that she brought shame to the family. Women who want a divorce, reject an arranged marriage or have a boyfriend while living with their parents sometimes are killed because their actions are perceived as a dishonor to the family.