the killing of a relative, especially a female relative, as retribution for the perceived dishonoring of the family, as dictated or sanctioned by some cultures and religions.
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A mother—along with her husband and son—killed three girls in an “honor killing” in Canada.When the Killer Is a Mother: The Tragedy of Three Murdered Teens in Canada | Asra Q. Nomani | February 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her lawyer, a respected member of the legal community, was witness to her honor killing.
ABC News is running the headline: “Christian Teen Flees Home, Says She Fears honor killing by Muslim Father.”
Phyllis Chesler makes detailed comparisons that highlight the differences between honor-killing and domestic violence.