The official world wide estimate is that each year 5000 women are killed for "honor" by their husbands, fathers, brothers & other family members. Here in the US the number is much lower than in other countries, but the problem is growing as more and more people from China, Africa & the Middle East immigrate to the US. While the media tends not to cover these incidence (because they fall under "domestic crimes") they are prosecuted as homicide (with at times other charges going hand in hand).
No matter how it's prosecuted the abuse or killing of a woman simply because she wants a decent, normal, free lifestyle (that of your average US citizen) is one of the most depressing things I can think of.
So, should "honor" crimes carry a heavier weight than they do, and do you feel it would help to deter future growth of this trend in the US?
Answer by matthewscandi at 10:24 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
Should they carry a higher punishment? Not for me to decide, but either way it won't make a difference. These attitudes are deeply ingrained from early childhood. The only way to stop them is to break the cycle.
Answer by beeky at 10:28 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 10:30 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
Answer by joysings at 10:32 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 10:34 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
No. I don't think there should be higher penalties. But, I also think we need to be up front about them, the reasons for them, and also not let people claim "cultural" differences as an excuse or mitigation. It being socially acceptable to murder your daughter for not wearing a hijab (Aqsa Parves) or beating her and threatening to kill her for having a Hindu boyfriend (Afshan Azad) in your homelands culture should not lessen the penalties handed down in the country you chose to emigrate to.
In short, higher penalties won't change anything. Rather people need to be convinced that women are not merely chattel whose actions reflect on the honour of her male relatives, but humans equal in value to men.
Answer by Bezu at 10:48 AM on Jul. 9, 2010
Sabrina, this was the first thing that come to my mind when I read your post.
How can any punishment deter a man who would choose honour over his daughter's LIFE?
Answer by beeky at 10:50 AM on Jul. 9, 2010