Jordanian man charged with killing sister in honor crime

April 6, 2009 11:37

Jordan's Criminal Court has charged a 19-year-old man with stabbing to death his sister in what is believed to be an honor killing. Judge Jihad al-Dridi charged the man Monday with premeditated murder and the possession of a dangerous weapon. Al-Dridi said the man confessed to repeatedly stabbing his 22-year-old sister to cleanse the family honor because she left the house too often. The victim is the eighth person to be killed in honor crimes this year. About 20 women are killed annually in Jordan by male relatives. The conservative society tolerates the killings and perpetrators often receive light sentences. The name of the man and the victim were not revealed due to the sensitivity of the case.

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