What makes an honor crime unique as a story is the shock value and that consists of three main elements. Firstly the initial impact of the story where we discover a brother or a father taking the life of a sister or a daughter with such unbridled and incomprehensible savagery. Then the second impact of learning why they did it. This is followed by the third impact: they spend very little time in jail for their crime. The shock value can be measured based on these three elements and their varying quantity; like ingredients to a recipe of viciousness. Every one of these crimes carries its own shock value and every one of them is a unique tale of the (in)human capacity to commit a crime that is so abominable.
I know four posts ago I told the story of the Kingdom’s 12th victim of this crime this year, so I guess it’s a sad sign of the times that so soon comes the story of the 13th…
Two brothers drive their sister from Irbid to a deserted area near Queen Alia Airport in Amman. They beat her and then strangled her to death. Then they put her back in the car and drive south to Kerak, dump her body in a canal, pour gasoline on her and try and burn her. Why did they do all this? Because she left the house without their permission and thus disgraced their family.
Can this story get worse? Three months ago this young woman was beaten by her two brothers and her father, tried to report them and was referred to the administrative governor, which is code for nothing came of it.
Three months later she becomes a statistic, a number: the 13th victim this year, the second in the last fourteen days.