It is all too easy to blame Muslim culture for conducting honor killings. I do not know what is worse: killing a person to defend family honor or killing a person for money:
The hit men â€“ John Reeves, 55, of Adlington Road, Sheffield; Naveed Mahmood, 23, of Granville Road, Sheffield; and Sam Lee, 30, of Deerlands Avenue, Sheffield â€“- had been hired as contract killers by Arza Khan, 28, of Parkinson Road, Halifax â€“ Mr Mehmood’s brother in law.
I think Detective Superintendent is only partially right when he declares:
It is my opinion that this murder had nothing to do with honour in the ordinary sense of the word, and everything to do with power and control over a young woman.
It is quite simply the most extreme form of domestic abuse.
There can never be any justification for murder and those convicted today will have a long time in prison to reflect on their actions.
We justify murder all of the time. We hire police officers and soldiers to do our bidding in exercizing deadly force. The way we justify “murder” is simply semantic: we change its definition. It was not long ago that the thought of marrying a woman after consulting her parents — nay, asking them for permission — was completely normal throughout the entire world. To do otherwise was dishonorable and asking for trouble.