Cultural Upgrade

The other day I was engaged in some conversations about what “typical traditional Arabs” do with their lives and how they treat each other.I heard several stories about some families here in the UAE that have put an end to the lives of some of their children simply because “shame” has been brought into the family in the form of sex or drinking. A very well known UAE family has killed off one of their male children because he has been drinking, and this has brought shame to the family.

There are many similar stories, but most of them involve sex. For example, many families in Jordan, Syria and Palestine are ready to kill their daughters if they had sex. While understandably it is a big issue, my main point is that why are the families selfish enough that they would cheapen the price tag on their daughters to the extent that they would kill them for having sex?

Personally I think that families should accept the responsibility of having such a son or daughter and try to solve the issue internally and publicly. Simply killing the person in question off would not alleviate the shame, in my opinion, simply because the act is already done and the issue can be solved in a marriage cover-up.

I am not saying that I support all the sex and drinking in the universe, but things DO happen, accidentally or otherwise, and if the solution is killing off people, there wouldn’t really be a lot of people left in the world. Plus, it really is not to the family’s credit to kill of people for misbehaving.

So what do you think?