Honour Killings are the Real Terrorist Actions
I had an interesting evening with my wife. With our usual routine of “What are we watching tonight”, we decided on The Girl in the River, a documentary regarding honour killings. With some knowledge in the world of honour killings, it was fascinating to watch as the documentary really opens one’s eyes even more.
With honour killings going across all forms of religions, nationalities and cultures, we cannot assign this horrible act to a certain group of people. But what seems to be the trend, is that it usually is the male that disagrees with the female’s actions or believes which then makes the female the victim.
Because these acts are often not reported or pardoned, it is difficult to get accurate statistics. But it seems like 14 honour killings per day seems to be the minimum figure. Now let me put 14 honour killings per day in perspective –
- 14 June 1985 – Within the first two hours of the day, the same amount of people died (TWA Flight 847 hijacking)
- 26 February 1993 – Within the first 10 hours of the day, the same amount of people died (World trade bombing)
- 7 January 2015 – Two more dead as a result of honour killing per day versus the amount of people dying at Charlie Hebdo
- Within a week, there will be more killings as a result of honour killings than at the Nice attack on 14 July 2016
- The Moscow Theatre hostage crisis of 23 October 2002, is equivalent to less than 2 weeks’ worth of honour killings
- Finally, let’s look at 9/11. 9/11’s death toll will be reached within 214 days with honour killings.
- At the time of writing, we expect that a minimum of 3,682 people have been killed as honour killings since the first of January this year.
Some studies on honour killings have brought some interesting information to light. There are three points which seem to be the main reasons for honour killings.
- Scarcity of resources
- Situations in which the benefit of crime outweighs the risks
- Lack of sufficient law enforcements
I would like to add a fourth point to this list as part of my opinion. Religious law as part of the country’s law.
Now what I am trying to emphasise on this point I have added, is that countries like Pakistan for example has a loophole, as seen in the Girl in the River, whereby, if a victim forgives the criminal, no punishment will be considered. The documentary clearly shows the pressure that other male figures in the community put on the victim to forgive the criminal, to have the criminal set free, even though she admits that she has not forgiven him down inside.
What has given us, as “men”, the right to firstly dictate to a woman as to what she should do or believe, and even worse, give us the power to brutally murder them if they do not bow down to us men like humble servants?
So I would suggest that the laws of all countries become secular, and with this, regardless of the religious beliefs, people are judged and prosecuted to the standards of human beings, which seems to have surpassed the standards of the gods.
I find it hard, sitting on my couch, with my wife reading articles a mere two meters from me, to be able to force my views on her. In a country where we have our laws based on secular standards, how would I be able to look my wife in the eyes, shoot her in the face, just because she did not make me a sandwich?
Am I going to the extreme with my example? Maybe, but in a secular country, I will not be murdered for my views or opinions. Just like women should not be murdered for their views or opinions.
About the Author
Chris Roux was born and raised as a Christian. During his upbringing he became very involved within the church, quickly becoming a youth leader. After school he got very interested in the scientific world after reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. This led Chris to question and discover much of the scientific world which the average person is not interested in – a world of mystery backed by facts. The questions asked was later put to the Christian religion whereby he has realised that so many years were wasted on a lie. Chris believes in humanity, in animals and the good that we leave this world in after we leave. He is an active atheist who honestly believes that religion is the root of all evil (or in most cases) and is fighting for people to understand his point of view, which he believes will only improve the human race and the environment.