Honor Killings

Honor killing involves the deliberate and unjustified killing of a family member by the rest of the family members as a result of dishonoring the family. Families that perpetrate the unlawful deed have a firm belief that the individual has brought disgrace upon the family therefore warranting his or her death. The individual may have also violated the beliefs of the community such as religious beliefs and the values of the society.

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Honor killings are limited to specific regions such as the Middle East and in certain countries. The criminal justice system ought to view and treat honor killings as acts of domestic violence. The same justice served in domestic violence cases should be served in honor killings cases. Honor killings involve premeditated murder, and the justice system should serve justice accordingly.

Monk, B. G. (2007). Honor killings in the Middle East.
Pope, N. (2012). Honor killings in the twenty-first century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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