Terrorists are just that…people who use terror to try and achieve their goals! Not all extremists are terrorists…not all Muslims are extremists or terrorists! Culture plays a huge role in how people act. Sometimes people do things that others believe are motivated by religion or law…in reality, the acts are culturally motivated, and that deep seated belief is hard to stop. Honor killings are culturally motivated acts.
“Honour” killings of women can be defined as acts of murder in which “a woman is killed for her actual or perceived immoral behavior.” (Yasmeen Hassan, “The Fate of Pakistani Women,” International Herald Tribune, May 25, 1999.) Such “immoral behavior” may take the form of marital infidelity, refusing to submit to an arranged marriage, demanding a divorce, flirting with or receiving phone calls from men, failing to serve a meal on time, or — grotesquely — “allowing herself” to be raped. In the Turkish province of Sanliurfa, one young woman’s “throat was slit in the town square because a love ballad was dedicated to her over the radio.” (Pelin Turgut, “‘Honour’ Killings Still Plague Turkish Province,” The Toronto Star, May 14, 1998.)
Written Response for today….
*suggest measures that might be taken to bring an end to honour killings.
*consider possible short- and long-term consequences to the implementation of these measures.
*identify possible barriers to the successful implementation of these measures.