Sunday, February 10, 2008

17,000 women in Britain are victims of 'honour' crime every year

London - June 07: Banaz Mahmod, 20, was strangled with a boot lace, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a back garden by her father.

From The Independent:
Ministers are stepping up the fight against so-called 'honour' crime and forced marriages. Detectives say official statistics are 'merely the tip of the iceberg' of this phenomenon. Brian Brady investigates

Up to 17,000 women in Britain are being subjected to "honour" related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.

And official figures on forced marriages are the tip of the iceberg, says the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

It warns that the number of girls falling victim to forced marriages, kidnappings, sexual assaults, beatings and even murder by relatives intent on upholding the "honour" of their family is up to 35 times higher than official figures suggest. Read more

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