Muslims, 'Family' Means Killing Females
Grant Swank, Jr
are those who are trying to pass laws to get family members from killing
female family members. It's known as keeping "the family
honor." Men kill daughters or sisters. It's going on as I type.
Some want the murders to stop. But there are those more into realism who
say that it's not a matter of passing a more stringent law. The whole
custom dating years back within Islamic tradition has to be stopped.
That will take changing Muslims' ideas about their allegiance to the
Koran, to Allah.
"I decided to kill her because our honor was dirtied," the
quoted the father as saying. "I didn't listen to her pleas, I
wrapped the wire around her neck and pulled at it until she died."
He said he buried her body beneath a chicken coop, which upset his other
children, and later reburied her in a forest.
Suzan Fraser, AP writer, headlines her April 29 piece with "Turkey
Man Kills 14-Year-Old Daughter." So the details are spilled out.
Another tragedy in the name of "family." In the name of
"religion." In the name of "God."
"Ignoring the pleas of his 14-year-old daughter to spare her life,
Mehmet Halitogullari pulled on a wire wrapped around her neck and
strangled her - supposedly to restore the family's honor after she was
kidnapped and raped.
"Nuran Halitogullari, buried Thursday in a ceremony attended by
women's rights advocates, is the latest victim in a long history of
so-called 'honor killings, which Turkey's government is struggling to
"Each year, dozens of girls are killed in Turkey by their relatives
for allegedly disgracing their families - some for merely being seen
speaking to men. The practice is especially common in the more
traditional southeast and among families who have migrated to big cities
from the region.
"Honor killings also occur in
and some countries of the Middle East and among immigrant families in EU
. The European Union, which Turkey aspires to join, is pressing the
country to take steps to curb a practice it says is a violation of
However, Parliament passing legal dictums will not reach the grassroots
unless the grassroots wants the law to reach the grassroots. So it
continues - bloodletting of the innocent under the faith called
Two brothers even went into the hospital, shooting their sister in the
head as she laid in the bed. She was admitted because of an attempt upon
her life by her brothers which proved unsuccessful. But the brothers saw
to its conclusion in complete order when they pulled the trigger.
So what is the penalty? Would you believe perhaps eight years? But
there's a loophole in the law. Of course. It pertains to family. Was
there a "provoking" that brought on the justice of the murder?
Don't ask me to explain that one. Crazy is in the system, in the
religion, in the grassroots and no amount of explaining logically will
suffice. It's all horrific to the nth degree.
There should be a Muslim outcry from every mosque's cleric. There should
be an outcry from every Muslim politic. There should be an outcry across
, from everywhere.
And surely there should be an outcry from Americans who are being
populated increasingly by Muslims. So the nuthouse contingency continues
to mushroom before our eyes. Yet the blindness of Americans is alarming
in itself. There are those "nice" Americans who are utterly naïve
about the "peace religion" called Muslim. So they open
's doors to a killing religion! Don' think the "family honor"
custom will stop at our borders. It won't.
"Guldal Aksit, the minister in charge of women's issues, added that
attitudes are what really need to be addressed to stop the deeply
entrenched practice. 'These are not problems that we can solve on paper
by changing laws. . .We need to educate society,' she said.
"Women's groups believe that a number of suicides among young women
in the southeast are actually murders by relatives who believe they are
saving the family honor. Often the youngest member of the family is
forced to carry out the killings in the belief that a youth would get a
"Last year, a pregnant woman was reportedly stoned to death by her
family after having an affair and buried in a pauper's grave after her
family refused to hold a funeral."