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Follow Up on Honor Killing Prevented

This is from today’s Arab Times, and is a follow up to Saved By a Scream.

Bail in honour killing
Kuwait : Citing lack of evidence the Public Prosecution has released on KD 200 bail each the two people who had been detained for interrogation for allegedly attempting to kill their daughter in Saudi Arabia, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

The daily added the daughter will be referred to the Psychiatric Hospital.

Earlier it was reported the Saudi immigration officers manning the Al-Riqei border had foiled an attempt by an unidentified GCC family to kill their daughter to save their honor.

According to a security source the parents with their daughter and another sibling traveled to Salmi post and to prevent the ‘victim’ from screaming for help the family’s relative who allegedly works at the post hurried through the process of stamping the passports to help the family cross into Saudi Arabia as the family waited in their car.

When the girl reached the Saudi border post she screamed for help and told the immigration officers that her father planned to kill her.

The family was temporarily detained at the post until the Saudi authorities contacted the authorities in Kuwait. After the family was returned to Kuwait under guard, the relative who helped them at the Salmi post was arrested and detained for interrogation.

The girl was reportedly involved in an affair with an unidentified youth inside an apartment in Salmiya and became pregnant.

Maybe the psychiatric hospital is the only place where she can be safely held against attack from her family?

June 6, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Marriage, Mating Behavior, Political Issues, Social Issues, Women's Issues |


  1. Yeah :/ but that wasn’t a smart move on her side either!

    Comment by Disturbed Stranger | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  2. I smell wasta….

    Comment by Amu | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  3. 😦 no, i want her to stay with us. my mum is nice. but we dont have food.. i’m sure thats the least of her problems.
    wala if i were living in kuwait,
    i would soooooooo be able to convince my family for her to stay at our home.

    public service announcement: PLEASE SOMEONE ADOPT HER!!

    Comment by nanoor | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. how young is she btw?

    Comment by nanoor | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  5. In some countries in the region, because there are so few shelters or safehouses, at-risk girls and women are held in administrative detention (i.e., imprisoned) while the people who pose the risk to them walk free.

    Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
    “Reclaiming Honor in Jordan”

    Comment by ERS | June 7, 2008 | Reply

  6. Sad! VERY SAD

    Comment by Ansam | June 7, 2008 | Reply

  7. Disturbed – You are right. If you are going to make a choice to go against cultural and family values, you should at the very least take steps to protect yourself against an unwanted pregancy. The girl was engaging in highly risky behavior. Should she lose her life for it? Does her father and brother and uncle have the right to kill her for her bad choices?

    Nanoor – You have such a good heart. Kuwait needs a shelter for women who make mistakes that make them unmarriageable, a place where they can learn a skill and have their lives protected. It doesn’t give her age.

    It doesn’t make sense, does it, Ellen? But my own country has not been kind to unwed mothers. And now we have an epidemic of single Moms. How do we encourage young people to be responsible when their hormones are telling them otherwise?

    Tragic, Ansam.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 7, 2008 | Reply

  8. The STOP HONORCIDE! campaign was launched on Mother’s Day 2008. The goal of the campaign is to prosecute honorcides to the fullest extent of the law. We want honorcide to be classified as a hate crime and we advocate for every existing hate crime legislation to be amended to include honorcide.

    Comment by Muslims Against Sharia | June 9, 2008 | Reply

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