#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer:
Egypt: stabs his sister in neck, murders her in honor killing, gets five years in prison
“Egypt man who killed sister in ‘honour killing’ given meagre 5-year sentence,” Middle East Monitor, March 17, 2021 (thanks to Henry):
Cairo Criminal Court heard that Karim deliberately killed his sister, Suad, by stabbing her in the neck and then trapping her in the bathroom when she tried to escape.
The length of the sentence has stirred anger on social media since even political prisoners have spent similar periods of time on remand in Egyptian prisons.
In February, Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein was released after more than four years on pretrial detention.
Women’s rights advocates are calling on authorities to issue tougher penalties for perpetrators of gender-based violence in Egypt – the absence of tough penalties is emboldening them, people believe.
Weak sentences are commonly handed out to male relatives who murder their female relatives with judges viewing such cases with leniency.
In March last year, the international women’s rights organisation Equality Now called on Egypt to repeal and amend Article 237 of the penal code which allows men to kill their wives on discovering them in the act of adultery and to receive a lesser punishment than other types of murder.
In contrast, a woman who kills her husband would be given a full sentence.
Karim’s sentencing follows an honour killing several days ago carried out by a landlord, neighbour and doorman who broke into the apartment of a 34-year-old female doctor in the Al Sallam neighbourhood, assaulted her and pushed her off a balcony after she invited a male colleague into her apartment….
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The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
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