Monday, June 02, 2008

Contempt and Complicity

Yesterday’s Jordan Times reports another instance of a father signing a pledge to guarantee the safety of his daughter, and she, a young mother of a toddler, is stabbed to death the next morning by her brother. Compared to murder, my concern is trivial, but what happens to the father in this case? He signed a JD 5,000 guarantee that his daughter will be safe in his care, and then she is murdered. What happens to him and the guarantee? He is violation of a contract and in contempt of the authorities. Most articles about ‘honor killings’ state that the fathers have signed such a guarantee, but I never read that they are held accountable. I assume that violating a signed pledge is illegal in Jordan.

ASH

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