In the Qur’an, a mysterious figure, known as a Khidr in Islamic tradition, kills a child in an apparently random and gratuitous attack. He then explains: “And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared he would overwhelm them with transgression and unbelief. So we intended that his Lord would replace them with one better than him in purity and closer to mercy ”. (18:80-81)
And according to Islamic law, “retaliation is mandatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or her mother or father) for killing her offspring, or her offspring’s offspring.” (traveler confidence or1.1-2).
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority grants pardons or suspended sentences for honor killings. Iraqi women have called for harsher sentences for Islamic honor killers, who now make light of it. Syria in 2009 removed a law that limited the length of sentences for honor crimes, but “the new law says that a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honor crimes ‘as long as he is serving a prison sentence of no less than two years in the murder case.'” And in 2003, the Jordanian parliament rejected on Islamic grounds a provision designed to toughen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
“She suffocated her sister four days after the wedding,” translated from “Er erstickte seine Schwester vier Tage nach der Hochzeit,” by Bernhard Schilz, Bild, Nov. 29, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):
Dresden – The district court sentenced the Iraqi Kurd Zairk A. (39) to life imprisonment. Together with his brother Sharhat (31), he suffocated his own sister Sozan A. (22) with a blanket while she was sleeping in October 2017, faking her suicide.
Sozan A. had separated from her husband and married someone else. Judge Herbert Pröls (60): “In the eyes of the family, this was a shame. The brothers were supposed to restore the so-called family honor with the murder.”
It is said that together with his brother, Zairk A. (38) he committed the so-called “honor killing”.
The new husband had turned himself in to the police after losing personal contact with his wife and being detained by the brothers. Officials eventually opened the apartment and found the 22-year-old’s body. The young woman was murdered just four days after her second marriage.
The judge in the sentence: “The defendant denied him the right to live according to his own ideas.” The defendant did not testify in court. But witness statements, driving profiles, cell phone data and DNA traces weighed heavily on Zairk.
The two brothers were just captured in 2021, the verdict against the younger brother is still pending, he has just been sentenced in Italy to 7 years in prison for drug trafficking.