Honor killing

homicide of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community

An honor killing is a member of a family being killed by other members, because of the killers feeling that the victim has brought shame on the family. Reasons a woman could be targeted include refusing to enter an arranged marriage, having sex outside marriage, and being a victim of rape. Honor killings are associated with the Middle East and South Asia. They also happen in countries that have immigrants from those places. Murder is not the only honor crime. Acid attacks and beating are also done for the same reasons as honor killings. Victims of honor killings are mostly young women.[1]

People demonstrating against an honor killing, in Maharashtra, India, in 2015.
Bridge over a highway, named in honor of a murder victim. Hatun Sürücü was killed in Berlin, in 2015, because she did not submit to her family.

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  1. "Honor killing | sociology". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-05-19.