Inside the Middle East
March 4, 2009
Posted: 1031 GMT

CNN's Arwa Damon sits down with Dr. Israa Al Tawalbeh, Jordan's first female forensics doctor. She examines the body of almost every recorded victim of "honor crimes" in Jordan. According to her, 90 percent of vicims are virgins.

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Rym Momtaz/CNN.

CNN's Arwa Damon visits the autopsy lab at the Central Forensics Medicine Centre in Amman, Jordan.

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Rym Momtaz/CNN.

An autopsy table, a body had just been examined here an hour ago.

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Rana Husseini. Jordan Times Journalist and Activist. She was the first journalist to publish detailed reports of instances of "honor crimes" in Jordan.

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Rana Husseini shows CNN's Arwa Damon archived records of "honor crimes".

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Rym Momtaz/CNN

CNN's Arwa Damon checks her "stand-up" in a graveyard outside of Amman.

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GLeigh   March 17th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

No one else has written; I was hoping they would because I'm getting tired of the ME in general. It does seem beyond me – I can't imagine it really. Women are partners not playthings or idiots. According to research genetics, offspring, men and women, get their intelligence in DNA from their mothers. Something for men to consider. You want kids who kinda understand, marry a woman who is willing and doesn't think on her own. Want a bright child, marry a woman who thinks and has her own life.

GLeigh   March 18th, 2009 4:42 am ET

Any female, or male probably, willing to put on a bomb vest and push a button, to me, isn't a hero but taking the easy road to some glory that seems odd. Living is hard. Some can't manage, and we know it. I wouldn't do it at least. I want great grandchildren and a popcorn popper in my room, and a party. Pushing some blow-up button, no way. Too easy. When I lost my parents, that was very sad. Loosing a brother or sister, or child.....never have experienced. But, regardless, I wouldn't give up on life and those in need. We have an obligation, I think, to help those weaker.

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