Indonesian brothers may face death for ‘honour’ killing of schoolgirl sister

JAKARTA – Two Indonesian brothers will go on trial next month for the murder of their teenage sister in a so-called honour killing, police said on Tuesday (June 2), a rare case in the country that has prompted calls for action to protect women and girls.

The men are accused of killing the 16-year-old girl by attacking her with a machete and a wooden stick because they believed she had had sex outside marriage with a cousin, according to police in the Bantaeng Regency of Sulawesi island.

If convicted of premeditated murder, the brothers – aged 20 and 30 – could face the death penalty.

“The trial is expected to start in early July,” local police chief Wawan Sumantri told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

“The investigation showed the motive… was due to the family feeling ashamed,” he said earlier, adding that the case had forced the remaining family to leave their home after they were rejected by the local community.

So-called honour killings, which are more common in some parts of the Middle East and South Asia, are extremely rare in Indonesia, a South-east Asian archipelago of 260 million people.

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