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Women, Gender, and Crime

Some of the honor-based violence that women have been going through include customary killings, honor killings, dowry deaths, and bride burnings. These crimes are usually done to the women either by their father, brother, or male cousin. Despite the laws that prohibit murder, the committers in these delinquencies commonly assert that their doings were culturally acceptable (Mallicoat, 2019). Even though court systems come to be involved in these cases, offenders are not often identified and even more hardly punished to any extent. When activists and human rights establishments identify these happenings as honor-based violence, family members of the offender are usually ready to dismiss their daughters and sisters’ death as “accidents.”

Legal measures are one of the measures needed to be implemented to protect women from such crimes. Legal systems should protect women and condemn the practice of honor killings. Legal changes should address women’s position and give them chances for the same protection under the law. Preventive measures should also be put in place. They entail public awareness and education as the first step towards reducing honor-based violence. Since these practices are rooted in history and culture, efforts to change these deeply established attitudes will need resources and time to open communication on these beliefs (Mallicoat, 2019). The last one will be a protective measure which includes resources for women fleeing violence, shelter, provisions for the protection of children, legal assistance to epitomize victims of crime, and training to upsurge the financial self-sustainability for women


Mallicoat, S. L. (Ed.). (2019). Women, Gender, and Crime: A Text/reader. SAGE Publications, Incorporated.