17 June, 2010

Canada should expect rise in honour killings, expert says

Canada should expect rise in honour killings, expert says

4 comments:

  1. We need to stop obliging the criminals in calling them "honor" killings. They are revenge killings, plain and simple -- for the high crime of causing embarrassment.

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  2. it seems very strange to use the words honor and killing 1's child in the same sentence.someone failed to teach him that a child is a gift from God and NOT his possession...he is living his life as he wants too and his children have the same God given right. It is not always easy to love the simmer and hate the sin...this is a family that needs our love and understanding and perhaps their time in jail will enlighten them about loving and respecting their fellow human beings...regardless of gender

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  3. "...someone failed to teach him that a child is a gift from God and NOT his possession."

    Mary, the term, "gift from God," only applies to your culture. It does not apply to his. You really need to understand that fact before you go trying to apply your logic to his world, because in his world, children are, indeed, possessions, as are wives.

    What needs to happen is enforcement of the law, and equal application of such enforcement. In this part of the world, we do not recognise the concept of revenge killing for being embarrassed, and the message must be that one may follow one's own culture right up to the point where it breaches the law, and then one must follow the law.

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  4. Lady Janus,

    "Mary, the term, "gift from God," only applies to your culture. It does not apply to his."

    I suspect you are correct on that point. But I am not sure that law enforcement will solve the problem. There was some of kind of expert speaking to this problem on the CBC yesterday and she made a lot of sense. The problem is complex and seems difficult to solve. These killings are fairly rare even though they may be on the increase. The expert said part of the solution is education. Unfortunately, the kind of people that commit these acts are not part of mainstream society and may feel culturally isolated even from their own comunity. It is easy to see how resentment might build while they blame the influence of the western culture on their daughter. So they develop a troubling mindset that leads to these kind of crimes.

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