I am always outraged when I hear stories of women being murdered by their families for making independent decisions on who they’ll date or marry or for refusing marriage or relationships with men in whom they are not interested, but who their families had arranged for them to marry or have a relationship… Though the term references a family’s killing of primarily female members of their family for behavior that supposedly brings shame on the family for the stated or other reasons, in some or perhaps most instances victims are targeted because of their honor, or for thinking rationally and deciding against toxic relationships regardless of how they would benefit the nudging family members.
Honor killings could additionally or otherwise literally reference the murders of persons simply because of their intelligence or for excelling at a profession and/or in the academics or for seeking to acquire higher education, employment, and/or independence from their abusers.
This is not something that just happens in other countries. It’s happening right here in the United States. It should not be happening anywhere, however. Honor killings should be prosecuted any and everywhere they occur, to discourage practices that deprive women and often children of their right to choose their own spouses, or when and if they’ll marry at all. Every woman and child should have the right to be educated, to ethically work for fair wages, and to choose who they’ll marry or have a relationship with. That is none of their family’s business.
Decent folk don’t sell or try to sell their family members to earn a living; they roll up their sleeves to acquire earnest wages and/or invest in self-improvement to meet their needs and to get any extras they want.
Focus should also be rendered to rescuing women and their children, in situations where there are children, from abusive family members. In many instances, family violence in this and other nations is worse than traditional domestic or intimate partner violence, and neither should have a place in a civil society…