Canadian expert: Honour killings ‘act of purifying through blood’

Honour killings involve a cleansing of dishonor aimed at restoring a family’s respect after the so-called “misbehaviour” of female relatives, an expert told the Ottawa murder trial of Hasibullah Sadiqi on Friday.

The “act of purifying through blood” involves control of women by male family members, said Shahrzad Mojab, a University of Toronto professor who has researched the topic extensively.