- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2013

Jordanian police reported an apparent “honor killing” Sunday after finding the burned body of a pregnant woman whose throat had been slit and abdomen cut open to expose the fetus.

Authorities found the woman’s body at dawn in Ruseifeh, east of Amman, Agence France Presse reported.

“Her throat was slit in a hideous way. The body was burned after the murder,” a police spokesman said. “We believe it was an honor crime. The belly of the woman, who was in her twenties, was cut open and we could see her four-month-old unborn child, who was dead too.”

Between 15 and 20 women die in so-called “honor killings” each year in the Arab world, according to AFP.

Murder is punishable by death in Jordan, but courts can reduce sentences for “honor killings,” particularly if the victim’s family asks for leniency.