Is “Honor Killing” An Honor For Anyone?

The Muslim world has yet to confront human rights issues connected to the concept of “honor killing.” A Jordanian youth has been charged with premeditated murder of his divorced 17 year old sister because “she knew too many men.” Of course, if the family made her visit with men of their choosing that would be considered proper behavior. Murder is punishable by the death penalty in Jordan, but this young man will never be sentenced to death and most probably will spend a few months in jail before returning to his joyous family.

About 15- 20 women are murdered each year in Jordan as the result of “honor killings.” In July, a 20 year-old man smashed his married sister in the head with a rock because he claimed she was guilty of “immoral behavior.” Will there ever be a time when “honor” is respected in the Muslim world?