June 20, 2013
AMMAN // Belief that so-called honour killings are justified is still common among Jordanian teenagers, a Cambridge University study revealed today.
The study by researchers from the university’s Institute of Criminology found that almost half of boys and one in five girls interviewed in Amman believe that killing a daughter, sister or wife who has “dishonoured” or shamed the family is justified.
“Researchers surveyed over 850 students, and found that attitudes in support of honour killing are far more likely in adolescent boys with low education backgrounds,” a statement said, adding that the research is published in the criminology journal Aggressive Behavior.
“Importantly, the study found that these disturbing attitudes were not connected to religious beliefs.”
Between 15 and 20 women die in so-called “honour” murders each year in Jordan, despite government efforts to curb such crimes.
The main factors behind these crimes “include patriarchal…
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