This post will not talk about the number of women killed in the name of honor, be they innocent or guilty. This post will not talk about how honor is attached only to females
and not to males. This post will not talk about how possible victims are jailed “for their protection”, only to be bailed out and killed by their families. This post will talk about the legal side of honor killings
, mainly because I’ve noticed that a lot of people do not know what actually happens in such cases. I didn’t even know until I did a research on the subject.
This article from the Jordanian penal code states that: “any man who kills or attacks his wife or any of his female relatives in the act of committing adultery or in an “unlawful bed” benefits from a reduction in penalty.”
In 2001, this article was amended, under a temporary law, to give women the same reduction of penalty. in 2003, the amended law was rejected by the lower house of the parliament. Praise democracy.
While this article has become almost synonymous with honor crimes, it has rarely been used in the past as it requires “actual” discovery of, e7em, female indiscretion. Activists campaigned to repeal the law because it sends the message that the constitution considers honor killings as legal. While I agree, I think more effort should’ve been put into actually changing the status quo.
Article 98 states that: “A person who commits a crime in a state of fury (fit of fury) benefits from a reduction of penalty.”
It is article 98 that is mostly used in honor killings. It does not require actual discovery or any evidence of female indiscretion for that matter. In fact, any man who kills a female relative, regardless of the circumstances, can claim she tarnished his “honor” and consequently benefit from the reduction of penalty.
Under article 98, the killer can receive a minimum of six months up to a maximum of two years that can be further reduced into half if the family does not wish to file a complaint (which is nearly always the case).
How honorable, huh?
I honestly thought that after the honor massacres that happened in May (3 outrageous killings, 2 of them less than a week apart), that someone, ANYONE, was going to do something. A campaign maybe, or I don’t know, perhaps a member of our female quota would wake up and suggest doing something about it. But nah, I’m guessing comparing officials to Mossad spies for popularity is a better use of time, and let’s face it, it’s more entertaining.
Note: I recommend watching this.