The term Honor killing is such a paradox. It implies that the killing is an act of honor. If that isn’t ironical, what is! Not to forget, it’s an insensitive phrase that puts the blame directly onto the female victim and lends power and credibility to the murderer, completely justifying his motive behind the heinous act. Like a badge of bravery!
What is even more unbelievable is the fact that it is still so rampant in our supposedly modern age. Not much has changed since the biblical times, when the Jewish people wanted to stone Mary Magdalene, the town’s prostitute to her death. Jesus Christ stopped them and asked the one who has never sinned to come forward to do the honors. No one in the crowd came forward because everyone is a sinner. And truly speaking, who hasn’t made mistakes and continues to do so? That is when, Jesus spoke the iconic words to the angry mob – “Hate the sin and not the sinner”.
Are these acts of murder supposed to restore honor to the family, society or the Almighty God? Whose honor is it exactly that the murderers are trying to restore? Why is that only women are the unfortunate victims of such honor killings and not the men? Who gives these men the authority to decide what’s honorable and what’s not? Why is ‘Honor’ solely the woman’s ownership and responsibility while men can go scotfree doing the most unimaginable of dishonorable acts and still be left alive?
Honor killing needs to stop and be addressed through education and stricter laws. Whatever be the reason, no one has the right to kill and take a life just because one’s personal choice doesn’t fit into your belief systems or liking. A brother taking his own sister’s life is simply unimaginable. Just reflects badly on the society they were brought up in. Such intolerance and hatred towards any human being is shameful. Let God alone be the judge and trust Him to do the honors. Till then, live and let live!
RIP Qandeel Baloch!