It is almost grotesque that I would speak of certain things. I am also wanting to speak of these things. But you also will never understand. You won’t. It’s different here than in your country. It’s just different.

I don’t feel sorry for what I did, and I’ve heard this is how American women think we should feel. I mean, I guess it isn’t honest to say I don’t feel sorry. I am very sorry for the way things are. But I also think that, here, women have a duty to know what is right and what is wrong; to know what is perceived as right and what is perceived as wrong. My mother knew this all her life. I know this. My sister and her daughters know this. I think that if a woman knows this then she will not get raped. I was humiliated when my daughter was raped. And the balance of this family is wrong after that. It is wrong and needs to be made right. When my husband and his father came to me and told me what would happen I didn’t feel like I had a choice but I also wouldn’t have, I never would have done differently. It’s a matter of right and wrong and it’s important to know this as women or we don’t, we won’t make it. (mother speaking of her participation in her daughter’s honor killing) age withheld, Pakistan

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