A text message was enough for a southern Lebanese to kill his sister

honour killing

honour killingA young man who hails  from  the  southern Lebanese town of Kfaroueh in the  Nabatieh district  was arrested on suspicion of murdering his sister  after reading a text message on her mobile phone,  according to a   report by Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces  on Monday.

“At 13:00 on June 28, 2014, Zafta police station received a telephone call from an unidentified person stating that S.A. – born 1982 – had been found shot dead in her house in Kfaroueh.”

“At 16:00 [the same date] after following up on the information, the [ISF’s] Information Branch was able to identify and arrest the suspect: [S.A.’s] brother Z.A. – born 1990.”

The report added that under interrogation Z.A., who  had initially  claimed the death of his sister was an accident later admitted to killing her after seeing a text message on her mobile phone which led him to believe she had “carried out an action damaging to the family’s honor.”

The practice of honor killing , which occurs in various cultures, is universally condemned by human rights organizations.