Four Arrested in Dua Khalil Aswad Honor Killing

I guess there is some justice. It won’t help Dua but if these men pay a price it might help prevent future attacks on defenseless women and girls.

Authorities in northern Iraq have arrested four people in connection with the “honor killing” last month of a Kurdish teen — a startling, morbid pummeling caught on a mobile phone video camera and broadcast around the world.

The case portrays the tragedy and brutality of honor killings in the Muslim world. Honor killings take place when family members kill relatives, almost always female, because they feel the relatives’ actions have shamed the family.

In this case, Dua Khalil, a 17-year-old Kurdish girl whose religion is Yazidi, was dragged into a crowd in a headlock with police looking on and kicked, beaten and stoned to death last month. (Watch the attack, and what authorities are doing about it Video)

Authorities believe she was killed for being seen with a Sunni Muslim man. She had not married him or converted, but her attackers believed she had, a top official in Nineveh province said. The Yazidis, who observe an ancient Middle Eastern religion, look down on mixing with people of another faith.

You have to love people who look down on mixing with other faiths but happily sanction the brutal murder of young women. I wish there was some way to drag these people about 800 years into the present before another girl dies.

Pamela Varkony is calling for action:

Then I’m going to ask you to DO SOMETHING, anything, it doesn’t matter what…call or email your congressman and senators, bombard the Iraqi Embassy with emails, fax your protest to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, but please do not be a silent witness to this human tragedy. If we speak with one voice, someone might hear us. If we make enough noise, the people who can do something about this; the governments, the world wide charities, the NGO’s, might respond. If you could save one woman’s life, wouldn’t you at least try?

These brutal murders could be occurring in your city. Not only are they not confined to the Middle East they’re actually on the rise in places like London.

Update:
Global Voices has a roundup of reactions from Kurdish bloggers.