"It took him 30 minutes to strangle his sister to death with a metal wire and her own scarf."

A JORDANIAN man slowly strangled his 16-year-old married sister, using wire and the girl’s scarf, after she visited a female friend because he had to “cleanse family honour.”

Stop the brutality … activists protest against “honour killings” in Muslim Pakistan.

Dec. 02, 2008–In such cases in Jordan, if family members drop charges against those who carry out the crime, a court usually commutes or reduces sentences.

Amayreh said the brother “has confessed, and claimed that he killed his sister to cleanse his family’s honour after her husband complained that she regularly disappeared from home without a reason”.

“She was killed six months after her marriage, and investigations proved that she was visiting her female friend, and not somebody else,” the judge said.

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of “honour.” Last year around 17 such killings were recorded.

Perpetrators get reduced sentences as parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher sentences, despite campaigns by local and international human rights activists.

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Abbas Rezai-2612 viewsAbbas Rezai was murdered for his relationship with a 16-year-old girl; he was multiply stabbed, scalped and burnt with hot oil.http://tinyurl.com/mnn85
Ahmet Yildiz-220 viewsAhmet Yildiz has been described as the first gay victim of ‘honour’ killing in Turkey (although this ascription is doubtful). Ahmet, a physics student who represented his country at an international gay gathering in San Francisco last year, was shot leaving a cafe near the Bosphorus strait. His family have refused to collect his body.
Ahmet Yildiz, killed in Istanbul, July 2008, for being gay-178 views
Alisha Begum-2274 viewsSix-year-old Alisha Begum was burned to death in an honour-related arson attack on her home in the UKhttp://tinyurl.com/n7sfe
Amandeep Atwal-2726 viewsAmandeep Atwal was stabbed to death by her father for having a relationship with a Canadian boy.http://tinyurl.com/k8jlu
Amina and Sarah Said-865 viewsAmina and Sarah Said appear to have been murdered by their father who disapproved of their Westernised lifestyles and dating.
Amjad Farooq-1888 viewsKidnapped and murdered after being caught having an affair with his niece. The pathologist says his murderers tried to decapitate him.
Anita Gindha-1952 viewsAnita Gindha was srangled to death in front of her baby son for refusing an arranged marriage.http://tinyurl.com/ahau4
Aqsa Parvez-859 viewsStrangled to death by her father for adopting Western-style dress
Arash Ghorbani-Zarin-1913 viewsArash Ghorbani-Zarin was stabbed 46 times by the father and brothers of his girlfriend, after she became pregnant.http://tinyurl.com/d5h53
Ayesha Baloch-2787 viewsMutilated two months after her marriage on the suspicion of premarital sexhttp://tinyurl.com/zqqgw
Aylin Korkmaz-226 viewsAylin Korkmaz, Opfer einer Ehrenmordversuch : 26 Mal stach der Ehemann zu, noch zehn Operationen hat sie vor sich.
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