Jordanian man shoots dead his 17-year-old daughter in family honor killing

A Jordanian man shot dead his 17-year-old daughter and surrendered to police, saying he had done it for family honor, a state forensic pathologist said Thursday.
The father suspected his daughter of having sex and continued to doubt her chastity even after a clinic said she was a virgin, said the pathologist, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the issue.
The father shot her four times in the head on Tuesday. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, and this showed "she was still a virgin," the pathologist said.
The authorities have not disclosed the names of the father or the daughter or even their town, saying only that they lived in a southern province. The autopsy was performed at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine in Amman
The crime is the first "honor killing" this year. On average about 20 women are killed by their relatives each year in Jordan where many men consider sex out of wedlock to be an almost indelible stain on a family's reputation.
The government has been fighting an arduous battle with parliament to pass legislation that would raise the sentences for honor killings. Queen Rania has also called for harsher punishment for such killers.
But conservative lawmakers have defeated attempts to toughen the sentences, arguing they would lead to promiscuity.
The penal code says a man found guilty of an honor killing can receive a sentence as light as six months in jail.

Updated : 2021-01-28 17:56 GMT+08:00