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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.
Robert Spencer explains, "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."
Pregnant woman has throat slit, stomach cut open in horrific ‘honor’ killing in Jordan Daily News, April 17, 2013
Authorities suspect the woman may have been slain because child was born outside of marriage. After the murder the woman's body was dumped in a garbage container and set
Police suspect an 'honor' killing was the motive behind a savage attack of a young pregnant woman in Jordan.
A pregnant woman had her throat slit and belly cut open as part of a gruesome "honor" killing in Jordan, police said.
Her dead body - with the four-month-old fetus clearly visible - was then dumped in a garbage container and set ablaze.
Cops discovered her charred remains at dawn in Ruseifa, east of Amman, on Sunday.
"We believe it was an honor crime," said a police spokesman.
"The belly of the woman, in her twenties, was cut open and we could see her four-month-old unborn child, who was dead too. Investigations are still under way," he added.
Sources suggest the killing could have been carried out because she was pregnant outside of marriage or that the unborn baby was illegitimate.
The Jordan Times reports that "the fact [...]her stomach was cut open is a strong indication that she was killed for reasons related to family honor."
Witnesses said they saw two men, driving a truck, pull up to the dumpster before throwing in the body and setting it on fire with a flammable liquid.