Marriage-related harms or honor violence

Type of persecution

Case #32941

El Salvador Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence

Case #31695

Honduras Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity, Gang - Rape or sexual violence, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Whistleblower or other informant / witness to corruption

Case #30552

Turkey Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence

Case #28094

The asylum officer did not grant asylum to applicants, a husband and wife, from Turkey. Husband is a "non-believer" and has experienced past persecution for that reason. Wife is Sunni and her father, once he found out that they were married, threatened to kill both of them should they return to Turkey. The applicant proposed asylum based on religion, as non-believers.

Turkey Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Prevented from marrying the person of one’s choice, Honor killing or violence, Religious

Case #27962

Ghana Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

Case #26123

The AO granted asylum to an Iranian woman who experienced domestic violence and forced marriage. She wanted a divorce but her husband refused, and she feared future persecution because Iranian law would allow her husband to take away her rights if she were to return. The AO granted asylum based on the PSG of "women who are unable to leave their marriage in Iran."

Iran Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage

Case #25566

The asylum office granted asylum to a Pakistani woman who fled domestic violence and forced marriage. Her fiancé, chosen by her family, abused and threatened her during their engagement. After she refused to marry him, she was locked up and beaten by her father, brother, and fiancé. Since fleeing Pakistan, her family has threatened to kill her if she returns. The applicant based her claim on religion and a proposed social group of “Pakistani women pledged to be married unable to leave a domestic relationship.”

Pakistan Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Honor killing or violence

Case #25334

The IJ granted asylum to a Saudi woman who suffered severe abuse from multiple male family members because she defied a strict interpretation of Islam. The applicant was jailed by religious police for failing to cover her head in public and was sexually assaulted in jail. After the arrest, her father beat her and threatened to kill her for the shame she brought onto the family. The applicant was also repeatedly raped by her ex-husband. When she reported her husband for a sexual assault he perpetrated against another women he was dismissed from his political post. The applicant's brother then began threatening to kill her because of the further shame she had caused the family.

Saudi Arabia Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Honor killing or violence, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

Case #23370

The asylum office granted asylum to a Cameroonian woman of Bamileke ethnicity who experienced domestic violence at the hands of her brother-in-law. She and her daughter were “inherited” by him after her husband’s death. Her abuser beat her, stabbed her, raped her, and infected her with HIV. Her family refused to intervene because of traditional practice and the dowry they had already been paid by her late husband’s family. The applicant proposed a social group of “Bamileke widows inherited by their brothers-in-law.”

Cameroon Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse, HIV/AIDS status, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage

Case #22101

The asylum office granted asylum to a Saudi female applicant who fears persecution for resisting compliance with religious tradition and law related to dress, male guardianship, and forced marriage. The applicant’s attorney proposed the protected grounds of membership in the particular social groups of “Saudi females” and “Saudi females who refuse to conform to the gender-specific religious and political standards expected of Saudi girls,” religious beliefs, and political opinion.

Saudi Arabia Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Honor killing or violence, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

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