A recent U.S. appellate court ruling offers a window on "honor killings," an ancient practice across the globe that calls for defending a family's reputation by slaying female relatives who violate traditional taboos.
Three 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges voted this month to block U.S. removal of a Jordanian woman who says a cousin in her homeland has vowed to kill her because she got pregnant out of wedlock. Their unanimous ruling stated that the case record "overwhelmingly supports" her belief she would be persecuted if returned to Jordan, where she would face an honor killing or involuntary incarceration for "protective custody."
The decision by the Cincinnati-based court sends the case of Olga Jad Kamar, who lives in the Detroit area, back to the Board of Immigration Appeals for further review.