Women Wanted Dead By Their Families For Honor

By on June 13, 2014

Family is always there to love and support each other, even in the worst of times.

However, in some countries honor is more important to people and they would rather see their family killed for the sake of their honor.

Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is Christian, was sentenced to lashing and death because of her faith and marrying a Christian man, while her government claims she is Muslim. This is to be carried out two years after the birth of her child. Her husband, Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, has been trying to gain her passage and safety in America alongside their children. While strangers all over the world have come to her aid in order to save her from her monstrous sentence, those closest to her – or, allegedly close – say otherwise.

Al-Samani al-Hadi, a man who claims to be Mariam’s brother, says he knows all about her and that rather than being raised as Christian, she was kidnapped and forcefully converted and brainwashed. Al-Samani al-Hadi “claims Daniel — whom he called ‘the Priest’ — fed his sister ‘potions’ to convert her to Christianity” (cnn.com). Mariam’s husband, Daniel, and his sister claim that they have never met the man claiming to be Mariam’s brother until the trial. In response to this, al-Hadi said Mariam is lying to Muslims and Christians.

On the matter of Mariam having to repent and embrace the Muslim faith, al-Hadi wants her to. Not because of love, but honor. When speaking on it he says, “It’s one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family then we are her family and she is ours. We are prepared to hold her dearer than the apples of our eyes. But if she refuses she should be executed (360nobs.com).” He is more than willing to let her die if she continues to follow Christianity. That is, assuming he is her brother and not an imposter who is trying to be controlling of women in Sudan, as many are.

This is not the only case of women to be placed before death from their own family. In Pakistan, Saba Maqsood, an eighteen year old girl, was shot twice by her family and then placed her into a sack, followed by throwing her into a canal. The family did this because she had just married a man out of love; many Pakistani families see it as dishonorable for a woman to choose her own husband. However, she survived and was able to get help and get to a hospital. Her family had already disappeared before law enforcement could arrive at the house.

The treatment of women as mere objects with no will is truly horrible; “in parts of Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 180 million people, women are expected to agree to arranged marriages and refusal can lead to an ‘honor killing’” (news.yahoo.com).

Women have been abused over the course of history, and for them to be killed by their own families because they fell in love with someone or follow a different religion is outrageous and monstrous. The families of these women have no love in them at all; only a twisted sense of honor that betrays everything a family should stand for.

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