Motives Behind Honor Killings

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Some people believe that an individual’s cultural background and family beliefs explain motives behind honor killings. The cultural interpretation explains that honor killings are “qualitatively different from other kinds of murders because it is governed by ‘the specific logic of an honour culture’”. Honor killings are acceptable because they are part of a culture and support ethical agendas. For example, in Turkey, “namus” represents sexual honor which overshadows women’s physical and moral qualities. Women are expected to protect their “namus” for their whole life. Male kin also have a duty to watch over women and punish them if they deviate. The cultural defense is used to explain motivations behind the defendants’ actions. Men believe

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