I always admired Rana Husseini’s work but after I read her book “Murder in the Name of Honor” I now admire her even more for her courage, drive and continuous fight for the victims of the – so called – honour crimes. She challenges the status quo even if it threatens her life.
Where the media fails to talk about honour crimes around the world in detail Rana Husseini succeeds.
Rana starts us on her journey of becoming the first and only voice in Jordan, at the time, of the victims of the – so called – honour crimes. She read a short article in the newspaper about a woman killed in the name of honour and decided to go , all by herself, to the girls neighbourhood to learn from her family; Why was she murdered? Who killed her? What happened? I daresay a task most courageous men might be afraid to perform.
She details some of the cases, she talks about her supporters but most importantly does not shy from naming the people, mostly big figures in Jordan, standing in the way of achieving justice for the victims.
What I found very interesting are her interviews with some of the men who have murdered their daughters, sisters or wives. I was interested in seeing the other side of the story, how did these men decide to commit the crime? How were they pushed to doing it and by whom? After committing the crime, how are these men handling it? How do they live with the fact that they killed a loved one?
Although most of these men were celebrated in their neighbourhoods after they committed the crime, they were mostly ruined men after. No one marries their girls to these men in fear that they will do the same to their wife or children. No one in the society that pushed them to perform this crime stood by them after the fact or cared what happened to them. They were simply shunned.
So called honour crimes do not just simply kill the victim but they also ruin families. The crime leaves the family completely ruined and in shambles.
I can’t do the book justice by this review, I urge you to read it. This book is a great resource and full of useful information about honour crimes in the region.