According to Webster’s dictionary, honor killing is, “the traditional practice in some countries of killing a family member who is believed to have brought shame on the family.” Honor killings take place all over the world, even in contemporary societies. One society that still participates in honor killings is Britain. According to a Newsweek article, a father killed his fifteen-year-old daughter. It was said that she had started to date a secret boyfriend, and after the family found out, a family council decided death was the best option. There are many stories that are similar to this one.
The tradition of honor killing goes back many years. Many honor killings take place because a female in a family or community brings dishonor on their family. The only way these families can clear their names of the dishonor is to kill the person who brought the dishonor to them.
“In the case of some honor killings in Europe and North America, victims have been killed for taking on Western behaviors that are seen as violations of traditional moral and behavioral codes, including adopting Western dress, listening to Western music, or having a romantic affiliation with members of other ethnic or cultural groups. In some cases, individuals have been the victims of honor-based violence for displaying homosexual behavior. In Europe and North America, a majority of known honor killings have been connected with Muslim immigrant groups, prompting the misconception among some that Islam condones the practice. The practice of honor killing has also been connected to conservative Hindu and Christian communities in some countries,”(Issit).
Different societies have different reasons for why they practice honor killings. In Pakistan, honor killings can be justified because of the reason for the killing. “Because of this impunity, honor killing is sometimes used as a pretext for other crimes. For example, according to Muhammad Haroon Bahlkani, an officer in the Community Development Department in Sindh, Pakistan, a ‘man can murder another man for unrelated reasons, kill one of his own female relatives, and then credibly blame his first victim for dishonoring the second. Or he can simply kill one of his female relatives, accuse someone rich of involvement with her, and extract financial compensation in exchange for forgoing vengeance,’”(Chesler). It is also known that in Pakistan the honor killer is usually forgiven, and the money is called blood money.
I believe honor killing is morally wrong. No one should be killed because they brought a little bit of dishonor on their family, or themselves. There are many other ways that a family can work it out, without killing. One way a family could work through the dishonor would be to discuss the situation. If the family can take time to talk about what happened, then maybe they can figure out a better solution then to just kill the one member of the family. There must be other ways to bring the honor back to the family. ...