Victims of honor killings are often women and girls, except in the Netherlands

Honor crimes can be committed against men, boys, lesbians and transgender people, but honor crimes against women and girls are more common.

Women and girls have been murdered for the sake of family honor, as young as 7 and as old as 70 by their husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, cousins and in some cases strangers hired by their families.

Women and girls have been murdered because they (presumably) had a sexual relationship, had a boyfriend, married without family permission, opposed an arranged marriage, could not prove their virginity on their wedding night, were victims of rape, left a violent spouse or used a cell phone and posted a picture on Facebook.

They have been shot, stabbed to death, beheaded, poisoned, electrocuted, stoned and even buried or burned alive.

Only the infamous Dutch National Expertise Center on Honor-Related Violence (LEC EGG) reported in 2019 that more men than women are victims of honor-related violence. However, the honor killing experts at the Dutch police refused to share the underlying data with our organization.

Victims of honor-related violence

Cristina Holic (2009) Jessica Awara (2010) Rola El-Halabi (2011) Yasemin Tomak Iybar (2011) Martina Kreutzer (2011) Stefan Raaff (2012) Freshta Akhundzada (2012) Liesa Schulte (2012) Neda Dzhambazova (2013) Daniela Karaffa (2013) Mehtap Savasci (2014) Lareeb Khan (2015) Nadine Ertugrul (2015) Rokstan Malak (2015) Vanessa Münstermann (2016) Delali Assigbley (2016) Shilan Hassan (2016) Saray Güven Anne Metzger and her son (2017) Ivana Hranova (2019) Fatemeh Badre M. (2019) Faezeh Maleki (2021) Ahlam Dawi (2017) Soopika Paramanathan (2017) Melanie Rehberger (2018) Susanna Maria Feldmann (2018) Mary Kamathi Waithera (2018) Besma Akinci (2020) Onalia Cendy (2020) Fatemeh Ghozat (2004) Didem Uslu (2018) Ahlam Younan (2021) Qamar (2020) Hadeel Alharthi (2021) Anum Kumbhar (2021) Ziynat Mazidi (2022) Chahinez Daoud (2021) Saman Abbas (2021) Maryam H. (2019) Mona Heidari (2022) Hanaa S. (2015) Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj and son Kailash Kuha Raj (2020) Hatun Sürücü (2005) Memoona Soomro (2021) Shahd Al-Issawi (2022) Eman Sami Maghdid (2022) Fouzia Azeem/Qandeel Baloch (2016) Romina Ashrafi (2020) Alireza Fazeli Monfared (2021) Tulay Goren (1999) Sarah Said (2008) Amina Said (2008) Deeksha Gupta (2019) Shaheena Shaheen (2020) Fuzieh Amini (2022) Reyhaneh Ameri (2020) Gülsüm Semin (2009) Samia Shahid (2016) Shafilea Ahmed (2003) Banaz Mahmod (2006) Saroj Mahila (2018) Doski Azad (2022) Narges Achikzei (2009)

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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