3 Killed In Honor Crime: Mother And Daughters Slain In Egypt By Male Relatives
Three women were killed in an apparent "honor crime" in southern Egypt, a conservative area of the North African country. The 3 killed in the honor crime were a mother and her two daughters, who allegedly violated certain conservative mores.
AP reports that 10 men entered the home where the mother and two daughters lived and beat them with sharp tools and strangled them. They then reportedly wrapped the bodies in blankets, attached stones to them and hurled the three women in the river Nile. The men believed that the women had committed adultery.
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Police have one of the men in custody, who supposedly confessed to the crime, which is punishable by Egyptian law. They are still pursuing the nine other men involved in the honor crime.
According to AP, these kinds of "honor" crimes are common in Egypt's conservative south and in the rural countryside.
According to estimates from UN, there are about 20,000 honor killings that occur around the globe every year. Honor killings happen in areas where extremely conservative values dictate how women and men treat one another, especially in marriage. In early April of this year, a young woman in Pakistan was axed 15 times to death after it was discovered that the then 17-year-old had run away from home with her lover, a young man from Afghanistan. When her brothers caught up to her, they beat her and her partner with an axe. While Gul Meena survived the brutal attack, the young man did not.
Honor crimes, like the one that killed three women in Egypt, are an "extreme symptom of discrimination against women," the UN reports. From the UN News Center:
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that in a number of countries' domestic legal systems, including through discriminatory laws, still fully or partially exempt individuals guilty of honor killings from punishment. Perpetrators may even be treated with admiration and given special status within their communities.
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