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Latest items for MURDER-PRACTICE-1

Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-2, DSFMF-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Some proposed amendments to the penal code would make matters worse for women, including a change to the penal code which would extend the possibility for reduced sentences for murder and assault to any family member who catches a family member engaged in illicit sexual intercourse (such as adultery). The government should repeal such provisions"(3-4)
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Describing what happened to some girls who were accused of having sexual experiences before their wedding night, she said, 'In most villages, a girl who is found to not be a virgin is tortured, her clothes torn and hanged over her head, and she is forced to ride back-to-front on a donkey back to her parents’ houses, and one of her sisters is taken [for marriage] along with their bride price. Afterwards, the girl’s family kills the girl because of the insult to their honour'" (para 10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Instead, her [Zeenat Rafiq] mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, 'I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,' the mother’s sister told Agence France-Presse at the time"(para 5-6). Rafiq had eloped with a man her family had rejected marriage proposals from (ENB-Coder Comment)."Authorities arrested the mother and later Rafiq’s brother, Anees Rafiq, and charged them in the young woman’s death. The mother confessed almost immediately, telling police, 'I have no regrets,' according to the Associated ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Women and girls in Chechnya are subject to honour killings, domestic violence, abductions for marriage and early marriages"(para 4)."In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)."Victims rarely dare to seek redress, and when they do, regional law-enforcement agencies often do not react or openly obstruct. In Chechnya the state protection that victims do get sometimes involves officials who collude with suspected perpetrators. Sergey Bobrov, a federal official, the head of Chechnya’s investigative committee, tried to investigate honour killings which implicated local security officials, but received threats and was six ...more
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, police said. … Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested. The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, in Makol village, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will. The girl was kidnapped, drugged and killed and then placed ...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“In July, Qandeel Baloch, a social media celebrity known for her risque online posts was killed by her brother for bringing dishonor to the family. She became a feminist icon after her murder shocked the nation” (para 11).
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There was also concern, when this case surfaced, about honor killings, she said" (para 23).
June 8, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Two Kurdish German men accused of helping to kill their sister in 2005 because of her Western lifestyle were acquitted Tuesday in a Turkish court, in the latest failed attempt to prosecute them in a case that became a benchmark for cultural tensions between Turkey and Germany. The sister, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed at a Berlin bus stop when her youngest brother [who was imprisoned for 9 years in Germany] fired three bullets into her head. The brothers said the family’s honor had been offended because she divorced the man her family had forced her to marry at age 16 and then began dating and refused to wear a ...more
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-LAW-1

"The criminal code excuses a husband who kills his wife or her partner found engaging in an act of adultery in his home, but a wife who kills her husband under similar circumstances is subject to prosecution" (24).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions, where adherence to indigenous religious beliefs remained strong, rural women and men suspected of witchcraft were banished by their families or traditional village authorities to 'witch camps'...Some persons suspected of witchcraft were also killed" (14).
March 3, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Ritual killings in which limbs, genitals, or other organs were amputated occurred and often went unpunished. The practice was driven by the belief that certain body parts enhanced certain strengths. Blood was also used in rituals...During the year no arrests were made for ritual killing" (15).
Feb. 23, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, RCDW-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"'Sometimes the photos are not sexual… a photo of a girl not wearing a hijab could be scandalous. A man could use this photo to pressure the girl to send more photos,' he says. 'The Gulf countries are facing blackmail on a huge scale, especially girls in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. Some girls tell us, 'If these photos are made public, I will be in real danger''" (para 12).
Feb. 23, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'In the West, it's a different culture,' says Inam al-Asha, a psychologist and women's rights activist in Amman, Jordan. 'A naked picture might only humiliate a girl. But in our society, a naked picture might lead to her death'" (para 8). "Zahra Sharabati, a Jordanian lawyer, told the BBC that in the last two or three years she has handled at least 50 cases involving the use of digital images or social media to threaten or shame women. 'But in the whole of Jordan,' she says, 'I think the number is far higher - not fewer than 1,000 cases involving social media. More than one girl, I think, was killed ...more
Feb. 23, 2017, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"More recently Qandeel Baloch, who came from a village in Pakistan's Punjab region, used social media to gain celebrity by posting provocative selfies online. Known as the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan, she challenged Pakistani social norms by embracing the sexualised culture of the internet - until she was strangled by her brother in July this year for bringing shame on the family" (para 30).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"For example, in November 2014, when a military man saw a woman whom he liked holding hands with another woman, he shot and killed her on the street. Fearing government reluctance to punish the perpetrator, the victim’s family decided against filing charges, and no action was taken" (27).
Feb. 13, 2017, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-5

In this case where an Afghan woman was married against her will and then ran off with another man, and then were beaten to death by the two families (of the woman and her husband) in an honor killing, it was mentioned that "a high bride price [was] paid to the girl’s father, reputedly 30 goats and seven cows."
Feb. 2, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In Lahore, Mohammad Rehmat killed his 18-year-old daughter after she failed to tell him where she had been for five hours. The next day in the village of Noorshah, Mohammad Asif shot his two sisters because 'he doubted their characters and was against their lifestyle'"(para 2). "Those who are familiar with the [Honor Killings Act] do not possess the will to enforce it given the societal acceptance of honour killings in remote parts of Pakistan. What is more concerning is that honour killings are part of the family custom, where scores are settled in tribal councils, and undue pressure is placed on family patriarchs to punish women who are unwilling ...more
Jan. 30, 2017, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"The situation is similar in Syria, where a man must only serve up to seven years in prison if he murders his wife, sister, mother or daughter after finding her engaged in an 'illigitimate' sexual act" (para 13).
Jan. 30, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-LAW-1

"In Egypt, a man can kill his wife and get off with a far more lenient punishment than is typically given for murder, if he catches her in an act of adultery" (para 13).
Jan. 26, 2017, 3:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'In Juarez, bodies were found. People have been sentenced for the crimes - albeit years afterwards. Mothers formed solidarity committees. But in Edomex, police dig into people's personal lives, saying that the victims wore provocative clothes, or didn't 'satisfy' her husband, or dealt drugs,' Estrada said" (18). "Mariana's mother, Guadalupe, described the same hallmarks of police incompetence and victim-blaming in the case of her daughter. 'The first questions police asked when we reported Mariana's disappearance concerned her behaviour,' she told Al Jazeera. 'A few weeks after she vanished, a policeman texted me from Veracruz to say he'd heard she was pregnant and had run away because she was afraid to ...more
Jan. 25, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Each year, hundreds of Pakistani women are killed by relatives angered by behavior they believe has impugned the family’s reputation, according to human rights activists, who have campaigned against the practice and called for tougher laws for years" (para 2).
Jan. 25, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A woman from Bradford who police claim was raped and murdered in a suspected honor killing sent a chilling final text to a pal before travelling to Pakistan, saying: 'Pray I come back alive.'...A fresh inquiry into her death was ordered after her husband, Syed Mukhtar Kazam, publicly accused her family of murdering her in a so-called honour killing. Mr Kazam believes his wife was killed because her relatives opposed her decision to divorce her first husband in 2014 and marry him. An investigation concluded that Mrs Shahid had been strangled. Her former husband, Choudhry Shakeel, has been detained as the prime suspect in the murder, according to reports in ...more
Jan. 20, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"According to the UN independent expert, there were numerous credible reports that 'persons accused of witchcraft have been detained, tortured, or killed by individuals or members of armed groups, particularly in the west of the country.' Accusations of witchcraft were usually brought against members of the most vulnerable population groups, including women, the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, and persons with albinism. According to the independent expert, 'Persons suspected of witchcraft also were victims of mob justice, often carried out by anti-Balaka militias with the complicity of local authorities'" (26).
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

“Spousal abuse is technically grounds for divorce, but husbands claimed religious authority to strike their wives. Observers noted that, while judges generally supported a woman’s claim of abuse in court, due to societal and familial pressure, as well as fears of violence such as honor killings, few women sought legal remedies” (29). “The Ministry of Justice indicated that seven so-called “honor crimes” were referred to the judicial system through October, with one case still under investigation, while NGOs reported 14 potential honor crimes through September. Activists reported that many such crimes went unreported” (30). “In “honor crime” cases, the family of the victim and the family of the alleged perpetrator ...more
Jan. 4, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2, MURDER-DATA-1, MURDER-DATA-2

“Domestic and other violence against women remained a significant problem. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, seven women were killed during the year as a result of domestic violence. The public defender reported that there were 24 investigations initiated between January and October into murders or attempted murders of women. Of these, 14 involved domestic or gender-based violence” (36).
Dec. 27, 2016, 7:44 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The situation is similar in Syria, where a man must only serve up to seven years in prison if he murders his wife, sister, mother or daughter after finding her engaged in an ‘illegitimate’ sexual act" (13).
Dec. 27, 2016, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In Egypt, a man can kill his wife and get off with a far more lenient punishment than is typically given for murder, if he catches her in an act of adultery" (13).
Dec. 24, 2016, 1:09 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Pakistani men who kill their female relatives in the name of honour will no longer be able to evade punishment after the country’s parliament finally passed long-promised legislation. The landmark bill passed on Thursday guarantees mandatory prison sentences of 25 years and strips families of the right to legally pardon the perpetrators of so-called “honour killings”, a practice that has allowed thousands of murderers to walk free. Because such crimes are usually carried out with the agreement of entire families, murderers are often released under Islamic “blood money” laws that rights activists have campaigned against for decades" (para 1-3). "First incorporated in 1990, the Qisas (retribution) and Diyat (blood money) ...more
Dec. 1, 2016, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"A village mob attacked and dismembered the body of a 70-year-old woman who they alleged practiced witchcraft in the village. Police have confirmed that a number of villagers from the Buya village on Sula Island in North Maluku have turned themselves in. The woman, only identified as Nu, is believed to have cast a black magic spell or santet on a villager. Several traditional herbalists were unable to cure the villager who had been sick for several days, the Jakarta Post reported.According to the newspaper, the villager who was ill, had been asking to be taken to Nu's house but often fainted once he arrived at her house. When villagers ...more
Dec. 1, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Local residents target ‘witches’ and ‘sorcerers’ with various forms of retribution, including ostracism, destruction of property, violence and even murder. Periodic outbreaks of sorcerer killings have occurred in many regions of Indonesia, including East Java in the mid-1960s and early 1980s, and North Sumatra in 1987-88. More outbreaks occurred following President Suharto’s downfall. In 1998, local residents killed around 100 ‘sorcerers’ in Banyuwangi and up to 150 more were killed in West Java in 1999. Subsequently, nine ‘sorcerers’ were killed by the residents of Malang, also in East Java, between 1999 and 2000. The killings may have subsided since the turbulent years of the early post-Suharto period, but they have ...more