CAIRO: A teenage bride has been beaten and stabbed to death by brothers and an uncle after she married against the family’s wishes, a security official said on Wednesday.
The trio murdered the 19-year-old woman after tracking her down to the apartment she shared with her husband, a poor farmer, in Minya province, the source said.
The men were subsequently arrested.
Honour killings — the murder of a woman by a relative for slighting the family’s honor by her perceived immoral behavior — occur regularly in the Middle East. They are especially prevalent in societies where clan kinship is strong.
The official said judges in southern Egypt tend to diminish sentences in such cases, a practice that is decried by rights groups.