A Jordanian man fired four bullets into his 17 year-old-daughter's head to cleanse his "honor." The daughter soiled his honor by disappearing from the house for two weeks then coming back. Autopsy showed that she was a virgin.
The man will probably get six months in jail--a reduced sentence for murderers who label their crimes "honor killings." He will emerge from jail a proud man. None of his neighbors will stop talking to him. Other men will look up to him.
There have been people trying to pressure the parliament into changing the penal law so as to give the murderer a real sentence instead of a pat on the shoulder. But so far they have failed.
Don't you love it when suddenly Jordan becomes a democratic country that cannot change a law unless the parliament approves!
According to Al Arabiya report, there have been 12 such "honor killings" in Jordan last year (in Arabic). Honor killings occur in other Arab countries. Jordan is the only one that keeps official statistics.
These murders will continue as long as there are Arab men who believe that they own women and that their honor resides between these women's thighs. These murders will continue as long as there are women who agree with these men.