The BBC has published some results of a survey into the practice of honour killings in the UK. Let’s face it; we can’t expect any reliable information from the BBC since they are a bunch of biased liars so if they say 1 in 10 you can expect the real figure to be higher. But it is interesting none the less.
For those that are new to the concept of honour killing, it is the practice of murdering, usually a family member and usually a woman, for insulting the honour of the family. The insult may be the way she dresses, the person she falls in love with, the career she chooses, being disrespectful, avoiding her religion or any number of other “crimes” that the rest of us consider to be basic human freedoms.
Honour killings are not rare, even in the western world. Many are covered up as suicides and the police themselves, who cite 12 per year in the UK, have at times also suggested that the real figure may be much higher. It is no coincidence that the suicide rate amongst Asian women is almost three times that of the general population.
There were 5,906 adult deaths recorded as suicide in the UK in 2004. Working using the statistics for female deaths, the previously stated fact that suicide is three times as common in Asian females and that the UK population of Muslims is about 1.59 million, that means that we can estimate 286 "suicides" within that demographic when only 95 would be expected if inline with the national average.
It’s nice to see the BBC actually take an interest in the subject but a shame that they don’t publish it more prominently. It would also be nice to see some differentiation amongst the various Asian communities, but this is just the BBC’s standard ploy. The BBC has a strong tendency to avoid using the word Muslim with any negative connection. This has angered other Asians within the UK as they are understandably tired of Muslim terrorists being repeatedly called Asian terrorists since otherwise peaceful communities are being tarred with the same brush. Having lived in India I will not pretend that honour crimes are a uniquely Muslim affair because they are not. But having also lived in the UK I am aware that the Hindu and Sikh communities are really much more integrated so I’d like to see what percentage of each faith approve of honour killings. I’ll give you a clue. Every UK honour killing that I am aware of since 1999 was a Muslim crime. That doesn’t mean that all were and I don’t have the figures. But that, the BBC’s well known bias, and the fact that the BBC didn’t care to add more detail could be indicative.
Round up of recent high profile UK honour killings:
Samira Nazir (Pictured above, right.)
Was stabbed 18 times and had her throat cut by her brother and cousin in Southall, London because her boyfriend was from the wrong caste.
Stabbed to death by her cousin on her wedding day because she was marrying a divorced man.
A girl from West Yorkshire was taken abroad by her father and killed after a love song was dedicated to her on a radio station.
A girl from Newham, East London was killed by family after they accused her of bringing dishonour on the family by being raped!
Honour killing is a massive crime globally. I will probably write a more in-depth article on this sick practice very soon.
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