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Whole communities are involved in assisting and covering up “honour violence” in Britain, a new study says.
Informal networks of taxi drivers, councillors and sometimes even police officers track down and return women who try to escape, researchers claim.
A report by the Centre for Social Cohesion — an offshoot of the right-wing think-tank Civitas, whose advisors include the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and the Labour backbencher Frank Field — alleges that the problem exists in the country’s Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities, even among second-generation immigrants.
Women have been raped, abused and even killed for forming “inappropriate” relationships or merely for wanting to go to university. The report found that:
o Women may be attacked for nothing more than listening to western music
o Families have imported brides to work in prostitution
o Local authorities are not acting because of “political correctness” and a fear of being accused of racism.
Many South Asian men brought up in this country want to marry uneducated women, known as “freshies”, who are “uncontaminated” by ideas of female independence, the report, published tomorrow says.
It comes days after Vernon Coaker, a Home Office minister, disclosed that the Government’s forced marriage unit dealt with 400 cases last year.
Ann Cryer, the Labour MP for Keighley, welcomed the findings. “In most communities people will condemn domestic violence, but in Asian communities, the religious and secular leaders are either turning a blind eye or actually condoning it,” she said.
Nazir Afzal, the lead on honour-based violence for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that the problem was particularly acute in areas where Islamic extremist groups were active.
He said that the problem was so deeply buried in these communities that the police were having to resort to unusual tactics to tackle it.
“We are now using techniques usually used to fight organised crime to tackle this. We’re using covert officers, listening devices and other methods,” he said.
Following the murder of Banaz Mahmod, a Kurdish woman who had pleaded with police to protect her against her family in south London, Mr Afzal said that “substantial numbers of the community actually did not assist and support prosecutors. Instead they supported the family members who were responsible for the killing”.
He said: “In some northern towns there are real horror stories — from places like Blackburn where people say that you might as well be in rural Kashmir for all the way that women are seen and treated.”
One woman every month is the victim of an “honour” killing, the CPS says.
“This has been a silent and invisible practice for too long,” says Shahien Taj, the director of the Henna Foundation, a women’s group based in Cardiff.
(Posted on February 4, 2008)
Police and Authorities ‘Afraid to Act Against Honour Crimes in Case They Are Called Racist’, Claims Report
This Is London, February 4, 2008
Teachers, police and councils are afraid to take action against so-called honour crimes for fear of being accused of racism, it is claimed.
Women are also being betrayed by community figures who believe those who break traditional taboos deserve to be punished, the report found.
Researchers say taxi drivers, police and government workers of Asian origin are returning women to the domestic abuse they want to escape.
The report by the Centre for Social Cohesion think-tank voices the concerns of activists who say they are seeing more women fleeing “honour-based” violence.
But lack of funding means shelters have been forced to turn victims away.
The Crown Prosecution Service says about 12 women are victims of honour killings in the UK each year.
The researchers fear the real figure is much higher.
The study found that honour crimes are being carried out by third and fourth generation immigrants.
It also says there is evidence that Asian policemen and councillors try to block the activities of women’s groups.
“The Government is still not taking honour crime seriously,” said James Brandon, one of the report’s authors.
“Until this happens, the ideas of honour which perpetuate this violence will continue to be passed from generation to generation.”
The report says women have been attacked for forming “inappropriate” relationships, wanting to go to university or listening to Western music.
It found that “political correctness” was preventing bodies from tackling crimes which exist in the country’s Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities.
The authors said families withdraw teenage daughters from school because they fear men will be unwilling to marry them if they are educated.
Many men brought up here want “freshies” — women “uncontaminated” by ideas of independence.
Rahni Binjie of the Roshni Asian Women’s Aid, a refuge in Nottingham, said: “We’ve had women who have disappeared from the education system. We don’t know if they’ve been taken abroad or killed or anything.”
Activists say there are particular problems with taxi firms who return women fleeing from abuse.
Jasvinder Sanghera, of the Karma Nirvana refuge in Derby, said: “We just can’t trust them. This can be a matter of life and death for these girls.”
Honour cases include that of Surjit Kaur Athwal, a Sikh lured to India and killed on the orders of her husband and mother-in-law.
Bachan Athwal and her son Sukhdave, 43, ordered the honour ‘killing’ of the 27-year-old Customs officer at Heathrow after she had an affair and started divorce proceedings. They were jailed in
The young Sikh woman vanished after going to a family wedding in India in December 1998. It is believed the grandmother’s brother Darshan strangled her in the Punjab before throwing her in a river. Her body has never been found.
What are the brits waiting for???? For the muslims to start killing their own women because they offend the eyes of male muslims???? Time to ship them back where they came from and they can do as they have for centuries!!!!
Posted by lydia at 6:52 PM on February 4
In Kashmir, honour crime isn’t a problem, it’s a solution.
Posted by Schoolteacher at 8:21 PM on February 4
Why do Whites cower at the epithet, “racist”, like Dracula before a cross? I am more disgusted by White pusillaniomity than South Asian backwardness. We should be teaching them about “honour killing”. Get out of my land.
Posted by Flamethrower at 8:43 PM on February 4
The fact is that Pakistanis have so heavily infiltrated the Brtitish government and legal systems that they are able to use clandestine means to locate errant women and to block investigations of their activities.
Posted by Kenelm Digby at 6:17 AM on February 5
Political Socialism throughout Britain is obviously not significant enough to aide the racial perceptions and genetic aspects of a single race let alone more than one.
Only America has the capability to unite the races due to the Constitution and Bill of Rights whites have created.
Nevertheless, white flight, high crime, high taxes, and interacial blood mixture represent a most terrible price to pay
for the attempt to step forward among the races of the world
and make men equal.
Posted by 5 O'Clock Whistle at 12:20 PM on February 5
The Brits who said that allowing in large numbers of “The Other” would not lead to what Enoch Powell warned about are now hoist on their own petard. They are horrified at reports of such treatment of Third World women by their own families and communities — and they SHOULD be horrified, because it was the actions of these leftists, or the previous generation of liberals, who brought them there.
But on the other hand, to take draconian measures to combat these major problems would be to admit that a huge mistake was made 40 years or so ago, when the incoming tide of Third Worlders began. As I said, they’re hoist on their own petard.
Posted by Wayne Engle at 3:05 PM on February 5
“taxi drivers, police and government workers of Asian origin are returning women to the domestic abuse they want to escape.”
Results of affirmative action and discrimination against native British.
I assume Cherie Blair’s “Human Rights” law firm will do the defense for any of these killers who are ever charged. And on the taxpayer’s dime.
Posted by at 8:55 PM on February 5
It is not our custom for male family members to murder their sisters, daughters, wives, cousins for real or imagined affronts to family “honor.” Perpetrators of these heinous crimes should be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of our laws.
Cultural and moral relativism are excuses for a lack of courage, for refusing to stand up for our sisters.
Karen Tintori, author
Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family
Posted by Karen Tintori at 11:56 PM on February 5
The solution is simple. Stop importing people from the most ancient and religious part of the world - The Indian Subcontinent.
Posted by at 10:35 AM on February 8
So, what did you expect?? Honour or honour killings? These p@k!z are not of our ilk. If a White Christian Englishman killed one of these black hooded aliens, there would be a full police enquiry and the Englishman would ALWAYS lose the case.
Posted by Yorkshireman at 2:45 PM on February 8