The victim of this hideously evil crime was a 37-year-old mother of eight was set upon by a vile gang of thugs, who beat her on the head and stabbed her death for the terrible transgression of leaving the house in the middle of the night with her 16-month-old baby.
How anyone can justify this ugly culture is beyond comprehension.
But it was in Amman’s outskirts that Abu Ishmael and his three brothers recently picked up their sister after a call from her husband, took her home, and stabbed her to death.
The squalour surrounding her home in al-Baq’a, where third-generation Palestinian refugee families live in slum-like conditions and where drug-taking and other social problems are rife, is a breeding ground for domestic violence. Pressure to conform to traditional customs is also strong.
When Abu Ishmael and his brothers arrived at their sister’s house, they were greeted by catcalls from her relatives, goading them to carry out the killing. “Are you men?” they shouted. “Show us you are men.”
The brothers knew what they were expected to do. They bundled their sister into the back of their van, and drove her home in silence.
Within half an hour, she was dead. When her body was handed over to the police, it had 28 stab wounds, including a fatal blow to her heart….
The “dishonour” involved was not just committing adultery, or having a secret boyfriend. Women have been attacked for talking to a stranger; in January, a 13-year-old girl was killed by her 17-year-old brother because she had been given a piece of paper with a phone number on it.
In the most seemingly outrageous cases, women who have been raped by relatives – cousins, or in one case a brother – are killed by the family, while the rapist is left unharmed, since the dishonour is felt to be attached to the woman. Most recently, in August, a 16-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped by her cousin was allegedly killed by the cousin’s father….
“Show us you are men?!” These savages are anything but men.