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

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

A father shot dead his 17-year-old daughter, having suspected her of having sex, and surrendered to the police in the latest case of the so-called "honor killings" that have brought international opprobrium on Jordan. An autopsy found the girl to be a virgin.
Weeks earlier the girl had returned home from a family protection clinic after doctors had vouched for virginity and the father had signed a pledge not to harm her, a state forensic pathologist said Thursday.
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 pathologist, who works at the institute, said in a phone interview that the girl had run away from home several times but he did not know the reason. She was brought to the Amman family protection clinic where her virginity was examined.
"The tests proved that she was a virgin," said the pathologist. She returned home only after her father signed a statement promising not to harm her, he added.
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. Women have been killed for simply dating.
Global human rights organizations have condemned such killings and appealed to King Abdullah II to put an end to them.
In response, the government has abolished a section in the penal code that allowed for "honor" killers to get sentences as lenient as six months in prison. Instead, the government has told judges to consider honor killings on a par with other homicides, which in Jordan are punishable by up to 15 years in jail.
But attempts to introduce harsher sentences have been blocked by conservative lawmakers who argue that tougher penalties would lead to promiscuity.
Queen Rania has also called for harsher punishment for such killers.
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Updated : 2021-03-08 15:54 GMT+08:00