HONOUR KILLINGS: A SOCIAL AND LEGAL APPROACH

Janina Juškevičiūtė, Marek Jakab

Abstract


Honour killings are defined as the most serious subcategory of honour crimes resulting in killing the victim for cleansing family honour. The data of such killings are not collected systematically and thus, the extent of the problem is underestimated in the society. The objective of the article is to approach to honour killings from the perspectives of the criminal etiology and to have a deeper insight into the issue by giving an account of a general attitude towards the problem with the purpose of prevention. The description of honour crimes is supported by the analysis of a survey, where the respondents from various countries, religions and social backgrounds express their opinion about the crime. Even though the survey is not representative enough, it illustrates that the phenomenon of an honour killing is perceived differently. The religion factor is present though it is not the key one. The study also reveals that such factors as education and integration of closed communities are the determining ones and may play the key role in prevention of such crimes.


Keywords


honour killing, family honour; women victims; crime prevention

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/PSPO-20-25-12

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