CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Trends in Honour Killing. 3. Honour Killing: How Many More? 4. Victims of Honour Killing. 5. Honour Killings in India. 6. Honour Killings in Pakistan. 7. Honour Killings in Egypt. 8. Honour Killings and Governmental Protection. 9. The Homicide. 10. Women under Siege. 11. Legal Status. 12. UN on Honour Killing.
In our modern society the new menace of honour killing, also known as customary killing, is the murder of a family or clan member by one or more fellow family members, in which the perpetrators and potentially, the wider community believe the victim to have brought dishonour upon the family, clan, or community. The perceived dishonour is normally, the result of certain behaviours or the suspicion of such behaviours. Human Rights Watch defines honour killings in these words: Honour crimes are acts of violence, usually murder, committed by male family members, against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonour upon the family.