Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that "retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right." However, "not subject to retaliation" is "a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring." ('Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law.
The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but "the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour 'provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.'" And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that "Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values."
Until authorities have the courage to tell the truth about honor violence, there will be many more such attacks.
"Man arrested for pouring acid on 16-year-old's face" INN (thanks to Religion of Peace)
Nazareth resident, 50, arrested for pouring acid over girl's face because she refused to marry member of his family. Haifa hospital fighting to save her eyesight Hassan Shaalantarget="_blank">Nazareth resident was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly pouring acid on a 16-year-old girl's face after she refused to be betrothed to a man of his family. He was remanded in custody for five additional days.
The teen was taken to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa fearing eyesight damage. The hospital said she is in very serious condition. Doctors said that he eyesight has been damaged.
A police investigation reveals that at an early morning hour the suspect knocked on the girl's window and poured the acid over her face as she opened it.
The suspect is denying the allegations claiming he was home watching a soccer game at the time. His attorney remarked that the man is related to the victim.
The girl, who was injured in her face and upper torso, was initially taken to a local hospital, but as her condition deteriorated it was decided to rush her to Haifa's Rambam Medical Center
The hospital reported that some acid reached the girl's mouth, causing her trouble in respiration. She also suffered damage to her eyes, and doctors are currently fighting to save her eyesight.
The hospital's Deputy Director Doctor Miki Halbertal said that "the burns' are pretty severe, she was hurt in the face and neck and is hospitalized in the intensive care unit in the hospital's pediatrics ward."
A police source said that "We suspect the suspect he attacked the girl because she refused to marry a member of his family."