Honor killings: A spiritual defense for women

“Honor” often refers to the perceived worthiness of a person, family, or group in the eyes of their community. A special good deed or accomplishment may be honored by one’s fellow citizens. There’s also another meaning to honor, often connected with specific beliefs within a family or culture. Keeping one’s word can be very important, for example. But in some cases, extreme conceptions of honor lead to violent crimes. 

“Honor killing” is a centuries-old practice in which the chastity and obedience of female family members is deemed so important to a family’s honor that disobedience is punished by murder, often by the victim’s relatives. 

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