My Comment: This is increasing in the middle east, and the world pretends it’s not. The world sweeps it under the rug.
(Excerpts from the Daily Mail) A young couple in conservative southern Afghanistan have been found beheaded, apparently killed for having a love affair outside of marriage, officials said Wednesday.
Police investigating the case said they believed the family of the woman, aged around 20, was responsible for the murders in the southern province of Helmand, a lawless hotbed of the Taliban insurgency.
The elder brother of the male victim, who was in his 20s, told officers the woman had run away with him recently and was living in their family home.
The barbaric killings happened close to Lashkar Gah in the south of the country. Such so-called ‘honour’ crimes tend to be more prevalent in rural parts of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban rule is strongest
Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, confirmed the incident and said an investigation was under way.
Relations between young men and women outside marriage are taboo in Afghanistan, an extremely conservative nation with deep Islamic beliefs.
Most marriages are arranged by family elders, in some cases without the couples being consulted.
A man attempting to establish relations with a woman is seen as an insult to her family’s honour and often leads to violent revenge.
In such cases, the woman is often also killed for supposedly bringing shame to the family.
AFGHANISTAN‘S WOMEN STILL SUFFER THREAT OF FAMILY MURDER
Family members are often the perpetrators of the murders of women they believe have ‘shamed’ the family
So-called ‘honour killings‘ became culturally engrained in Afghanistan during the Taliban’s hard-lined, punitive, conservative rule from 1996 to late 2001.
The entrenched belief is that girls and women bring shame upon their family if they do not marry a man chosen for them by their parents.
Often, girls are married off before they have reached puberty, to men old enough to be their grandparents.
Women who naturally fall in love with someone not chosen for them are said to bring ‘shame’ on the family.
There have even been cases of women being murdered or their faces burned with acid for simply looking at men.
Often, the killings are carried out by the family of the woman, or sometimes by contractors or children who are too young to be prosecuted.
Beheadings, being stoned to death and being buried alive are some of the recent reported murders.
The Afghan government has long said it is committed to changing this barbaric entrenched culture, but campaigners warn the problem is systemic and will take years to overcome.
Considerable progress has been made since the collapse of Taliban rule in 2001 but changing attitudes could take decades.
Last year, the UN reported that cases of honour killings were on the rise – a 20 per cent increase in civilian casualties was reported among women and girls in Afghanistan in 2012.
Police and judiciary, particularly in rural southern parts of the country where the Taliban are most powerful, have been blamed for failing to properly prosecute perpetrators.
There is also a lack of awareness among women of their rights.
- Sharia in Action: Afghan woman’s family ‘behead her and her lover and dump their bodies in graveyard in horrific honour killing’ (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Afghan couple beheaded (telegraph.co.uk)