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Crimes of Honour In a country such as Jordan honour is considered as important as wealth and must be protected at all costs In the film Crimes of Honour we see the full repercussions of this creed as young women are murdered by family members in order to protect family honour The crimes committed by these women include not agreeing to an arranged marriage marrying the wrong person and even being raped As a consequence of ancient tribal tradition and a lenient penal code women are murdered in the name of honour without fear of long-term incarceration or capital punishment From the outset the film recounts actual cases of honour killings in Jordan and highlights the narrow range of options available to these women who have brought so called dishonour to their families The film in particular focuses on two cases where young women have fled their homes in order to avoid an arranged marriage however they eventually meet their fate as they are slain by family members In Crimes of Honour three prominent women in Jordan who are fighting to change both the social and legal acceptance of this type of crime critically discuss the issues of honour killings In addition the convicted brother of one of the slain girls in the film also gives valuable insight into the social reasoning behind honour killings in his society In Islamic countries today there is a growing struggle between tradition and modern life This difficult balancing act has forced young women in Islamic countries to choose between marrying a person they love and losing ones family In an Islamic country such as Jordan it is considered inappropriate for men and women to have relationships outside the boundaries of marriage Children from a very young age are taught not to socialize with the opposite sex and are therefore separated in grade school In addition society and religion stipulates that Muslim women must be covered
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