This page is about the doublespeak term honour killing
the murder of one family member by another after a social taboo has been broken
- The police suspect the girl's murder was a so-called "honour killing".
- Ahmed's parents said the "honour killing" of their gay son was necessary to protect the family name.
These murders occur in conservative Middle Eastern and South Asian families that feel "shamed" because a family member is thought to have broken a social taboo, esp. one related to love, sex or sexuality. Examples include brothers killing their sister because she has a boyfriend, or parents killing a son because he's gay or because they or their neighbours suspect he's gay. Also "honor killing" (US spelling).
Her murder was called an "honour killing" because she was
Contributor: Matt Errey