A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has been hacked to death with a machete by her two brothers after allegedly confessing to an affair with a 45-year-old relative.
Rosmini binti Darwis was killed on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, last month in a rare example of a so-called honour killing.
Her brothers, Rahman, 30, and Surianto, 20, have been charged with her murder.
The local police chief, Wawan Sumantri, said: "The suspects said they were outraged when their sister admitted she had sex with a man who is their distant relative.
"This is a case of honour killing."
The young girl had been vomiting and suffering from fainting spells for a few weeks and her family – thinking she might be "possessed" – decided to send her to a shaman instead of a doctor, police said.
Learning of her illness, Rosmini’s cousin Usman came to pay her a visit, according to South China Morning Post.
Her eldest brother, Rahman, 30, accused their cousin of using black magic on his sister, police said.
When Rosmini admitted she was in a relationship with her cousin – which Usman denied – the situation got worse.
The younger brother reportedly attacked Usman with a log, after which he fled, The Times reports
The brothers then briefly abducted a young neighbour and demanded that he marry their sister, but he refused.
When they returned home, Rosmini's brothers hacked her to death with a machete and a wooden log as family members and neighbours watched, according to police.
The local police chief said the girl "surrendered herself to her fate" – adding "it could not be proved" whether she had any sexual relations with Usman.
Both men and women can be victims of honour killings, although women are more commonly targeted.
The killers usually justify their actions by claiming that the victim has brought dishonour upon the family name or prestige.
The United Nations estimates that about 5,000 women and girls worldwide die every year in such killings.
Honour killings occur from time to time among conservative Muslim communities in South Asia and the Middle East, but they are almost unknown in Indonesia.
The Islam practised in Indonesia – where 90 per cent of its 250 million people are Muslims – is generally considered more tolerant than other forms practised in the Middle East and Pakistan.
In the past 25 years, however, stricter practices have been established.
In Aceh, Indonesia’s most devout province, Sharia laws – which punish offences including consuming alcohol and, for women, wearing tight clothes or failing to wear a headscarf – have been enforced by the police.
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