‘Honour’ killing in Jordan

Three Jordanian brothers have been accused of murdering their 40-year-old sister because of her “bad reputation”, the Jordan Timesreports.

The men killed the divorced mother of five after finding photos of her sitting with her alleged lover, police said. They stabbed her 15 times then set fire to her body and her house to cover up the evidence, the police added.

The men were arrested after being treated in hospital for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

A source close to the investigation told the Jordan Times that the woman was divorced in 2003 and “the family had asked her repeatedly to move out of their building … The victim refused to move out so they decided to kill her and cleanse their family’s honour.”

The case is the seventeenth reported “honour killing” in Jordan this year and the second this month.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 30 September 2009