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'Honor killings': 5 things to know
« on: June 09, 2016, 04:23:22 PM »
'Honor killings': 5 things to know

Wednesday's horrific death of a 17-year-old Pakistani girl who was burned alive allegedly by her mother for eloping with a man has shed renewed light on the dark world of honor killings.

Here are five things to know about honor killings, drawn from a U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored study conducted in 2014:

What are honor killings?

Honor killings are a form of extreme punishment exacted to regain family honor in the wake of what is considered a sexual crime, such as adultery or other sexual impropriety and homosexuality. The Justice study identified four types of honor violence: forced marriage, honor-based domestic violence, female genital mutilation and honor killings.

"An honor killing is perceived by the perpetrator to be a way to restore honor to the family in the face of a perceived damage," the report says. Those responsible for committing the killings can be parents, husbands, siblings or extended family members.

How common are honor killings and where do they occur?

No one really knows. The most frequently quoted figure published by the United Nations in 2000 is an estimate of 5,000 killings worldwide each year, most of them in Islamic regions of South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. There have been cases of honor violence documented among people of all the world's major religions.

Do they happen in the United States?

Almost certainly. The Department of Justice estimated in its 2014 report that based on U.S. demographics, 23 to 27 honor killings occur in the country each year. But because of inadequate tracking systems that fail to collect necessary information on homicides, there is no reliable summary of honor killings in the U.S.

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