Category: Honour Based Violence

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Ten years after the murder of Banaz Mahmod, we are still failing to protect victims of abuse & ‘honour’ based violence

“People are following me, they are still following me. That’s the main reason that I came to the police station. In the future, at any time, if anything happens to me, it’s them.” These are the words of 19-year old Banaz Mahmod as she describes on police videotape the attempts by...

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Review: Murdered by my Father (BBC 3)

Warning: this post contains spoilers (although the title gives it away tbh) The recently aired BBC 3 drama Murdered by my Father is an incredibly powerful depiction of the circumstances in which ‘honour’-based violence takes place. Screenwriter Vinay Patel developed the story following detailed consultation with specialist support charity IKWRO (the Iranian and...

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‘Honour killing’ is not a racist term

The perpetrators of multiple ‘honour’ killings in Ontario, Canada are to appeal against their conviction in 2012 on the grounds that provision of expert testimony on ‘honour’ crime was “highly prejudicial”. In 2009, Mohammed Shafia (58) and his wife Tooba Mohammed Yahya (41), drowned their three daughters Zainab (19), Sahar (17)...

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Health professionals advocate complicity with FGM  

The Times reported today that according to a group of gynaecologists writing in the BMJ’s Journal of Medical Ethics, ‘milder forms of female genital mutilation should be tolerated to stop “demonisation” of important cultural practices.’ One of the gynaecologists, Dr Allan Jacobs, of Stony Brook University, New York, says “it’s time...