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“Honour” crimes against women

Violence against women is perhaps the most widespread violation of human rights in the world. It occurs in some way or another in all cultures and countries. But the reason for all of these violent expressions is generally discrimination towards women and denial of their equality with men in all aspects of life.

One example of this violence is the so-called “honour crimes”, where a woman considered to have dishonoured them with her behaviour is killed by her partner, members of her family, or of the community.

The most common “arguments” in favour of this kind of aggressions are: the victim refuses to accept a forced marriage, tries to get a divorce, is accused of adultery or, simply, tries to exercise her rights as a person. The “punishments”, which often end in death, include acid attacks, burning alive, stoning...