Man kills sister for family honour
A 28-year-old has been charged for shooting his sister five times in the chest and the stomach to cleanse his family honour.Updated: Feb 09, 2007, 20:28 IST
A 28-year-old man has been charged in Jordan with the premeditated murder of his married sister in the second so-called "honour crime" in the country this year, the Jordan Times reported on Thursday.
The 22-year-old victim was shot five times in the chest and stomach, allegedly by her brother, while she was at a shop on Tuesday, the paper quoted an official source as saying.
The suspect, who was immediately arrested, claimed "family honour" as the motive behind the crime, the official source said.
The victim, who was not identified, was held in prison in 2006 after she went missing for several weeks from her husband's home, the source added.
In his initial testimony, the suspect said he had planned to kill his sister the minute he saw her after her release from prison in October "to cleanse his family's honour" and bought a gun for this purpose, the official source said.
Last year, 15 women were reportedly murdered in so-called honour crimes in the country, according to official sources.
Under the Jordanian penal code, a man proven to have committed an honour crime usually receives a light punishment.