Banaz got pregnant in Iran after her boyfriend invited her to a party, and five months later she told one of her four sisters. They asked doctors to abort Banaz's child, but were refused.Emphasis mine. This is what happens when your culture becomes completely obsessed with the sanctity of babies and marriage.
Banaz knew the stigma would stain her two married sisters, and make it hard for her unmarried sisters to find husbands.
She tried to commit suicide by throwing herself from the top floor of her home, but a sister restrained her. She overdosed on pills but vomited them up. She considered dousing herself in gasoline.
"Burning was the final option. I was too scared to do it," Banaz said in an interview at the Rewan center. She spoke softly, but with confidence, and smiled easily.
Her father found out and sent her to Iraqi Kurdistan, ostensibly on a study trip, but the doctor she consulted in Sulaimaniyah refused to perform an abortion.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
"Pro-Life" and "Pro-Marriage" taken to their logical conclusion.
An interesting and sad example regarding honor killings in Iran and Iraq.