Agggghhhhhh! This stuff drives me crazy.

I just read this article and I simply cannot understand the kind of mentality that makes this possible. It’s these kind of events that tempt me to despair.

Jordanian gets 6 months for double ‘honor killing’
Arab News. Friday, January 30, 2009

AMMAN: A Jordanian man who killed his unmarried sister and her Syrian lover “to defend the family’s honor” has been jailed for six months after the court found mitigating circumstances, a legal source said yesterday.

The accused, a 23-year-old-man whose name was not disclosed, shot dead the couple in March 2008 after they disappeared from the family home in the middle of the night. Together with a cousin, the angry young man later found them “in an indecent situation” at an isolated spot, the court heard.

“He took out his gun, killing his sister on the spot with four bullets and the Syrian shepherd with six shots,” the source said. He then surrendered to the police. The court ruled the accused had acted “in an explosion of rage which caused him to lose the capacity to think.” The judgment was based on Jordan’s penal code, which recognizes mitigating circumstances in case of “honor” killings.


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  1. Paula

    I agree, Scott. The only idea more ludicrous and repugnant than that a family’s “honour” is besmirched by one of its daughters acting in accordance with her love for another human being, is the idea that that same “honour” can be restored through another member of the family committing murder.

    It is an utterly abhorrent mindset, and there is no excuse for it.

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