‘Honor Crime’: 11,000 UK Cases Recorded In Five Years

Jul 10th, 2015 | By | Category: News Posts

honor-diariesBy Divya Talwar and Athar Ahmad BBC Asian Network & Victoria Derbyshire programme

More than 11,000 cases of so-called honor crime were recorded by UK police forces from 2010-14, new figures show.

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization, which obtained the data, called for a national strategy for police, courts and schools to follow.

The crimes are usually aimed at women, and can include abductions, beatings and even murders.

Commander Mak Chishty, head of police policy on the issue, said there was now a better understanding of the problem.

So-called honour crimes are acts which have been committed to protect or defend the supposed honour or reputation of a family and community.

‘Crimes unreported’

The figures revealed 11,744 incidences of these crimes between 2010 and 2014, consisting of data from 39 out of 52 police forces in the UK. They included forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of incidents at 2,188, followed by West Midlands Police with 1,269 and Bedfordshire Police with 1,106 examples recorded.

South Yorkshire had 1,009 unconfirmed incidents in 2014 alone while Lancashire Police had 1,049.

Diana Nammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization – a charity that provides support to Middle Eastern women living in the UK who are facing “honor” violence – said the figures suggested incidence of the crime remained “consistently high” in the UK and that the issue was “not going away”.

Read the rest of this story at the BBC. And, read the Middle East Forum article showing that Muslims are responsible for 91% of the honor killings worldwide. Learn more about Muslim honor killings in the U.S.: Are Islamic Honor Killings a Growing Threat in America?

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