Case #292

Country of Origin: 
Jordan
Type of persecution: 
Honor killing or violence
Gender of applicant: 
Female

Case Summary

The applicant is a Jordanian Catholic woman who fell in love with a Muslim man and became pregnant by him. They married, and left for Syria the same day. When she called her mother to tell her about the marriage, she learned that her father had hired someone in Syria with government connections to kill her because she had put a stain on the family's honor by marrying a Muslim man. A week later, they returned to Jordan to stay with her husband's family and then with friends. Once there, they received telephone calls asking for them and she saw her father and uncle's cars driving around the house. At one point, her father came to meet her husband, and after being disarmed, asked her husband to divorce her, which he refused. Her father then threatened the family with whom she was staying. When her husband reported the threats to the police, they asked her father to come in and sign a commitment that he wouldn't harm them. The applicant then decided to divorce her husband for the sake of their unborn child and left Jordan for the U.S. Once in the U.S., her mother forced her to give her child up for adoption through threats that she would call her father and tell him where the applicant was so that he would kill her and the baby. The applicant eventually regained custody of her child. She ended up at a refugee assistance agency, where her father tried to reach her. Instead, the father spoke with the agency's Executive Director, who testified as to his threats that he would continue to go after the applicant even though one hundred years could pass, and that he had sent the applicant's brothers to the U.S. to kill her. The applicant is afraid of violence by her Christian family for her violation of social norms by engaging in premarital sex with a Muslim man.

Date Submitted

Tuesday, December 21, 1999 - 00:00