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Every year, more than 5,000 honour crime cases are recorded throughout the world. They are perpetrated in a great number of countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, United States of America, Turkey, United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Germany, etc.

Source: Amnesty International

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Honour crimes

“Honour crimes”, i.e. crimes committed against women in the name of honour, comprise a series of acts of violence...

...the extreme being murder, inflicted upon women by family members.
It is a matter of punishing women for a real or supposed illicit relationship and/or for “immoral behaviour”: for example a mere conversation with a neighbour of the opposite sex.
The families feel they must save their “honour” by punishing the culprit. This type of crime is closely related to “blood revenge”.

Punishments come in various forms: the women are disavowed by their family, torn from their social environment and run a risk of exploitation. They are kidnapped or threatened. Many are tortured, mutilated and disfigured for life, burnt by acid or immolated by fire.
In most cases, murders and mutilations are perpetrated by the husband, father or brother of the woman considered to be guilty. The fact that women are considered objects and properties contributes to this form of violence, for this concept is deeply rooted in patriarchal societies. These crimes are committed in every type of social environment, not only in rural areas, but also in cities and “educated” milieus.

Source: Amnesty International

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