Seen on BBC International News this morning:
So called 'honor killings' are rising alarmingly in Iraq. The most common reason seems to be 'improper dress' as the bodies are often found covered by an abaya or some other form of traditional dress.
The police are not acting-- reportedly because they're afraid to intervene.
I question this evaluation, though. In a culture where killing of women is perceived as accepted practice, I wonder how much incentive the police have even if they are not intimidated.
Interestingly, when the anchor interviewed the reporter in Iraq, she blamed the American occupation and predicted that such killings might decrease if the US forces would leave--thus lowering the tensions in Iraq.
The Constitution that was up for adoption in Iraq [I don't know if it passed or not] was protested by The National Organization for Women because, although it asserts equal rights for women in one section, it contradicts itself and leaves room for denying those same rights, as well.
The US, hungry for a PR win, pressured Iraq to accept this constitution although women's rights were bargained away.