A 25-year-old Jordanian man has reportedly confessed to stabbing his 14-year-old sister to death because she created a Facebook account.
The suspect, who has not been named, allegedly stabbed the teenager in their home in the south of the Jordanian capital Amman after she used his phone to create the social media account.
He was arrested and police said he confessed to the crime, leading to charges of “intentional killing”, but the degree of the murder has not been specified by the authorities.
A preliminary forensic report found that the girl had bled to death after being stabbed in the back, according to local media.
The case has sparked outrage in Jordan, with a hashtag calling for the suspect’s execution trending after being used over 19,000 times.
Local organisation Taliaat al-Ordon, which works against violence against women, described the incident as a “heinous crime” adding that the teenager “was the victim of outdated ideas on what women should do, that women are the ‘honour of the family,’ that women are ‘shame’.”
Netizen ‘Malek Alhendi’, who said he was a cousin of both the victim and the suspect, wrote online that the man had thrown a knife at the victim at close range during an argument.
His comment was met with criticism for normalising the incident, with one user writing: “Normal? Since when do these things happen between siblings? How did he not expect her to die?”
Local media report honour killings carried out on women by male relatives are often underreported in Jordan, with Human Rights Watch reporting this year that male killers still receive mitigated sentences if the victim’s family members stand by them, despite this being removed from the country’s penal code in 2017.
The investigation is ongoing.
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