Honour Killing: a Preliminary Review

Musa, Murshamshul Kamariah and MUHD HASHIM, NURHIDAYAH (2011) Honour Killing: a Preliminary Review. SHARIAH LAW REPORTS, 1. i-xix.

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Abstract: The international concern about violence committed against women has been given due recognition through an international declaration: the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. Women have become victims to many types of crimes, sometimes due only to their gender. Included among the types of violent crimes committed against woman is the practice of honour killing, which is still prevalent in some countries in the Middle East such as Jordan and Lebanon and in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Unfortunately, women have become victims to this practice when their family claims that the family honour has been tainted due to their actions or demeanour. As a result, the male members of the family consider it their responsibility to protect and cleanse the family's honour by punishing the ‘misbehaving’ female member of the family - by murdering her. Research carried out shows that, even though such violence has been condemned and also shown, especially in the context of the CEDAW, to be against the tenets of the universal protection for women, the killing still goes on. This paper will try to analyse the historical background and concept of honour killing and also how Islam perceives the concept of killing in order to protect one’s honour. The discussion will also focus on the provisions of various pieces of legislation in some countries in order to evaluate the trends of the killing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: honour killing- violence- women-international treaties-international legislation-islamic perspective
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2015 04:32
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2015 04:32
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/2924

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