honour killing

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honour killing

The killing of a member—often female—of one’s family or social group by another member of the same family or social group, based on the perpetrators’ belief that the victim has dishonoured the family in some fashion.

Frequency
The UN estimates 5,000 women die from honour killings/year; women’s groups in the Middle East say the figure it more like 20,000.

Dishonourable behaviours or acts
Violating the group’s dress code, trying to end or prevent an arranged marriage, sexual activity outside of marriage (or even thinking about it), engaging in homosexual acts.