Honour killings in Russia target women
Between 2008 and 2017, 36 women and three men became the victims of honour killings in the Russian republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, according to the ‘Killed by Gossip’ report published by the Dutch Legal Initiative NGO on Thursday. The term honour killings refers to the murder of individuals suspected of infidelity or other “inappropriate” sexual behaviour and are predominantly carried out by family members of a victim. Human rights groups have said that the practice has long been a problem in Russia’s predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region, as per a Moscow Times article. A majority of the victims were young unmarried women between 20 and 30 years of age and less than half of the murders made it into the court system, the NGO said. The organisation added that the real number was likely much higher as the “vast majority of honour killings remain unreported” and local officials refuse to investigate them, citing “cultural norms.” The Indian subcontinent has seen its fair share of honour killing. In India alone more than 300 honour killings have taken place in the last four years. There are no separate laws to deal with such crime. These murders are usually committed by family members/acquaintances who are close to the victims.