Honor Killings

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Honor Killings

For thousands of years women have been looked down upon in society and have not been
treated as equals. It wasn’t very long ago that women in America weren’t allowed to have
jobs or vote, men were always the leaders. Just tonight my father was saying how when he
was growing up if you talked back to your father or husband you would be punished, and
that was only about thirty or forty years ago. I believe that today’s American woman take
their freedom for granted. In some cultures women still do not have the privilege of
being considered an equal and have no rights. In countries where Islam is practiced they
have honor killings, where “woman are murdered by their families each year in the name of
family “honor.” For my second portfolio I have chosen to discuss the practice of honor
killings and how wrong they are.

This article shows us how different America is from other places in the world. Honor
killings would be unheard of here because we understand that women are equal and deserve
the right to be free. “Honor killings are perpetrated for a wide range of offenses.
Marital infidelity, pre-marital sex, flirting, or even failing to serve a meal on time can
all be perceived as impugning the family honor.” In America nearly every woman could be
persecuted for committing all these so-called offenses. These are all normal, ok things
for us. However in places such as “Bangladesh, Great Britain, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt,
India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, and Uganda,” if you were
a woman and you did any of these things you would be killed, and by your own family. The
worst part is that it’s not only the men that support this, but also “the females in the
family - mothers, mother-in-laws, sisters, and cousins…It’s a community mentality.” I
think the women agree with honor killings because they are afraid of what will happen to
them if they stand up for themselves or for any other woman. The fact is that they will
be killed themselves if they do.

One point in the article, which I found unacceptable, relates to chapter five in the text
about marriage. “In India, more than 5,000 brides die annually because their dowries are
considered insufficient, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.” If this is
going to happen either the United Nations Children’s Fund should remove this statement, or
dowries should not be used in Indian marriages anymore. This may be considered
ethnocentrism on my part but women are human beings and deserve the right to live life and
not be afraid.

In my opinion honor killings are wrong. I can’t understand how you could kill a woman in
your family for any reason, let alone not serving a meal on time. There was even a case
where “a husband murdered his wife based on a dream that she had betrayed him.” This type
of behavior wouldn’t relieve any dishonor that a woman could bring into a family but
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