Wednesday, September 19, 2007

...But Murder Doesn't?

So a 70 year old Indian gramma was sentenced to prison today because she and her son lured the son's wife back to India from England and then murdered her. Why? Because the daughter-in-law wanted a divorce. Divorce dishonors the family, but murder and insurance fraud do not.


I'm familiar with honor killings. I mean, not intimately familiar, although my friend's cousin was killed in an honor killing. I know about them because I'm a feminist and I care about women. I care about honor killings and female genital mutilation in other cultures just as I care about domestic violence and 'honor killings' amongst my own people. It's not much different in the U.S. and in the U.K., 'cept in those places, when it's white men doing the killing, they call it a 'crime of passion'. Right. It's all the same. And it's very, very sad.