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Lent 12: Honor killings, getting away with murder

True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God's Sake

More than 13 women each day — 5,000 a year — die in ‘honor killings’ worldwide. These daughters and wives are murdered because their male relatives consider behavior such as dating, talking to men or even cooking badly immoral. In places where men go unpunished for overtly illicit relationships, women die for the faintest rumor of impropriety. Even victims of rape may be dispatched by families who feel they’ve been shamed. Although such killings occur most often in the Middle East, residents in many other countries regard the practice as necessary to preserving the family honor.

Wondering what this is all about? Read my post explaining why and how I’m commemorating Lent this year.

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