Aren’t muslim countries just magnificent in their treatment of women!? Perhaps if they did a bit more to PREVENT honor killing of their daughters/sisters/wives/etc… they would not have to resort to such savage behavior.
Jailed Jordanian women escape ‘honour killings’
Tonight on SBS, Dateline meets the women of Jordan, who’ve been imprisoned under the guise of keeping them safe.
Video Journalist Yaara Bou Melhem meets Rita*, who has spent the past 14 years in Jordan’s Al Jweidah jail. She also meets Sophia*, who’s spent the past 15 years of her life behind bars. Both girls were ordered there by the state – to prevent their families from killing them.
Every year, up to 20 Jordanian women are murdered in honour killings.
In Rita’s* case, a close male relative attempted to kill her in a brutal attack. In response, the country’s 12 governors have been given the power to lock up the innocent victims, rather than go after the would-be perpetrators.
Yet the girls are clear examples of previous long-term detention and thanks to Mizan, a women’s advocacy group, they’ve finally been released.
When Bou Melhem meets them they’re in a half-way house, very soon to move into their own accommodation.
It’s the only program of its type operating in the Middle East and under it, the women will assume new identities and re-locate far from their families.
This is almost as disgusting as the Saudis, sentencing a girl who was gang-raped to prison. It’s like muslim countries are competing with each other to see who can commit the most gross violations of their citizen’s human rights!
Read on for the transcript of the show in the Australian Special Broadcasting Service.