Last updated May 2010
Laws should acknowledge “honor” crimes and “honor” killings are a form of violence against women and girls. Drafters are encouraged to use an expansive definition for “honor” crimes and killings. A definition must be broad enough to encompass “honor”-based violence in all its forms, such as murder, driving to suicide, rape, gang rape, torture, assault, virginity testing, kidnapping, forced marriage, forced eviction, stove burnings, acid attacks and maiming. Legislation should clarify that the detailed list should not serve to exclude from sanctions some behavior that is not included.
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