Woman Slain In “Honor Killing” Over Cellphone Photo

Hundreds, if not thousands, of women are murdered by their families each year in the name of family “honor.” It’s difficult to get precise numbers on the phenomenon of honor killing; the murders frequently go unreported, the perpetrators unpunished, and the concept of family honor justifies the act in the eyes of some societies.

A Jordanian man allegedly shot dead his divorced sister after seeing a photograph of her face on his male friend’s mobile telephone, a police official said yesterday.

The 31-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, was shot twice in the head on Monday at her home in a Palestinian refugee camp in the northern city of Irbid, the official said on condition of anonymity.

He said her brother had turned himself in, confessing to police that he had killed her to “cleanse the family honour” because his sister had been “engaged in immoral relations”. It was the fifth “honour killing” in Jordan since January.

This must stop!

Man slays sister over photo on friend’s phone [Bangkok Post via Boing Boing]