Tunisia: Father Burns Daughter to Death in "Honor" Crime
Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:35 PM

A father in Tunisia burned his 13-year old daughter to death after he saw her walking home from school with a boy. Such killings for the family “honor” are considered rare in Tunisia, and the girl’s death from fourth-degree burns has shocked the country. Tunisia’s new constitution, adopted in January 2014, contains provisions promoting women’s rights that are a model for the region. Tunisia is also the first North African country to withdraw all reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, in May 2014. 


The father has since been arrested, and a march was held in the victim’s honor on June 19, 2014, with many people taking to social media to denounce the killing. The victim's name was Aya.

Compiled from: Wyke, Tom Suspected Honor Killing in Tunisia Sparks Protests, Muftah.org (June 19, 2014); Ben Said, Safa, Man Burns Daughter to Death in Suspected Honor Killing, Tunisia Live (June 11, 2014).