Alarming Rise of Muslim ‘Honour Attacks’ in the UK as Police Reveal Thousands Were Carried Out Last Year

Daily Mail (London), December 3, 2011

Nearly 3,000 so-called honour attacks were recorded by police in Britain last year, new research has revealed.

According to figures obtained by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (Ikwro), at least 2,823 incidents of ‘honour-based’ violence took place, with the highest number recorded in London.

The charity said the statistics fail to provide the full picture of the levels of ‘honour’ violence in the UK , but are the best national estimate so far.

The data, taken from from 39 out of 52 UK forces, was released following a freedom of information request by Ikwro.

In total, eight police forces recorded more than 100 so called honour-related attacks in 2010.

The Metropolitan Police saw 495 incidents, with 378 reported in the West Midlands, 350 in West Yorkshire, 227 in Lancashire and 189 in Greater Manchester.

Cleveland recorded 153, while Suffolk and Bedfordshire saw 118 and 117 respectively, according to the figures.

Between the 12 forces able to provide figures from 2009, there was an overall 47 per cent rise in honour attack incidents.

Police in Northumbria saw a 305 per cent increase from 17 incidents in 2009 to 69 in 2010, while Cambridgeshire saw a 154 per cent jump from 11 to 28.

A quarter of police forces in the UK were unable or unwilling to provide data, Ikwro said.

The report stated: ‘This is the first time that a national estimate has been provided in relation to reporting of honour-based violence.

‘The number of incidents is significant, particularly when we consider the high levels of abuse that victims suffer before they seek help.’

‘Honour’ attacks are punishments usually carried out against Muslim women who have been accused of bringing shame on their family and in the past have included abductions, mutilations, beatings and murder.

Ikwro director Diana Nammi told the BBC that families often deny the existence of the attacks.

She said: ‘The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community’s honour and reputation.’

Calling for more support for victims, she added: ‘For some cases, police and some organisations just help them up to a length of time, then they will stop. With honour-based violence, the threat may be a lifetime threat for them.

‘The problem is that there is no systematic training for police and other government forces in the UK, such as social services, teachers and midwives.’

She said that honour-based violence is an ‘organised or collective crime or incident’ which is orchestrated by a family or within a community.

Honour crimes mostly happen in South Asian, Eastern European and Middle Eastern communities, she added.

Ms Nammi added that ‘lots of things’ are considered to be dishonourable including; having a boyfriend, being a victim of rape, refusing an arranged marriage, being gay or lesbian and in some cases wearing make-up or inappropriate dress.

The association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said they were working hard to offer support to victims, and front-line staff had been specially trained to deal with complaints.

Commander Mak Chishty, lead for honour based violence, said: ‘In 2008 Acpo published a strategy which recommended consistent reporting across England and Wales. We are satisfied that this is being done.

‘We’re now in consultation on a new strategy. All frontline staff have received awareness training and every force has a champion on honour-based abuse.

‘Acpo is confident that any victim who comes to us will receive the help they need.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are determined to end honour violence and recognise the need for greater consistency on the ground to stop this indefensible practice.

‘Our action plan to end violence against women and girls sets out our approach to raise awareness, enhance training for police and prosecutors and better support victims.’

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) spokesman said: ‘Honour-based violence cuts across all cultures, nationalities and faith groups–it is a worldwide problem.

‘Our fundamental aims are always: to preserve life, protect those at risk, and seek to bring perpetrators to justice.

‘The MPS has been on a significant journey regarding how we police honour-based violence over the past decade, and has played an instrumental part in developing work in this field.

‘We have used our organisational learning over the years to inform our current policies, staff training and operating procedures.

‘We know that like other hate crimes, honour-based violence is under-reported however, and remain very concerned about this. We continue to work with victims’ groups, non-governmental organisations and statutory agencies to ensure that we are providing the best assistance possible to victims–they are at the heart of all we do.

The spokesman added there were specially-trained officers who carry out daily reviews of reported incidents in London.

He said: ‘The MPS has incorporated honour-based violence and forced marriage into its mandatory domestic violence training for all constables, sergeants and inspectors; there has also been specific training for PCSOs and senior officers, and regular training sessions for other specialist officers such as schools officers and Safer Neighbourhoods’ Teams.’

In 2006, Banaz Mahmod, from Mitcham, south London, was strangled on the orders of her father and uncle because they thought her boyfriend was unsuitable.

Cousins Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar hussain, both 28, were jailed last year for a minimum of 22 and 21 years respectively for the honour killing of the 20-year-old Iraqi Kurd.

The victim’s father Mahmod Mahmod and uncle Ari Mahmod were jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2007.

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  • Question Diversity

    The moral of this story? When you knowingly import non-white Muslims, you get the folkways and culture and customs of non-white Muslims. Not once in this article from a “conservative” paper do you read any suggestion that non-white Muslim immigration should be curtailed or eliminated, or that current Muslim immigrants should be deported, or that ever allowing non-white Muslim immigration was a bad idea.

    Remember, Margaret Thatcher once said that Muslim immigrants bring “family values.”

  • John H.

    “A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) spokesman said: ‘Honour-based violence cuts across all cultures, nationalities and faith groups—it is a worldwide problem.”

    Don’t you just hate it when a public official lies like this. If there was a video, I will bet they kept a straight face, and never batted an eye.

    While there have always been lowlifes who exercised this type of control over others, the real rise in honour-based violence started spreading with the spread of Islamic communities. When a society has two competing cultures, there will be friction and eventually one will dominate. That is what this is all about. Liberal democracy vs. Islamic traditionalism.

  • Anonymous

    That reminds me of a baloo cartoon. The king is standing on his balcony addressing his subjects the hoi polloi. He says: Those were just extremist huns. Most huns are descent hard working people!

  • GM (Australia)

    “A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) spokesman said: ‘Honour-based violence cuts across all cultures, nationalities and faith groups—it is a worldwide problem.”

    Interesting statement from the police! Even looking at their own statistics it only seems to be a problem where there are lots of mainly Pakistani Muslim immigrants and their exploding and inbred populations, mainly London and parts of Yorkshire.

    “Worldwide problem”? It is only seems to be a problem here in Australia where there is a large Muslim population. Probably the same for Canada. Under reported? Yes!

    As for the rest of the post, lots of carefully guarded words but no real action.

    When are the British people going to realise that these people (Pakistani Muslims) do not want to adapt to British society and probably never will.

    The British authorities should get tough, really tough. Like instant deportation (of the whole family) to the granfather’s place of birth for any and every offence agaist British law including bogus asylum applications, immigration offences and welfare fraud not to mention under-aged forced child marriage.

    “Honour Killing” Sounds like cold blooded murder in any civilised society and should be dealt with as such preferably with the death sentence.

    But NO, the police are given sensitivity training and the Archbishop of Canterbury comes out with ridiculous statements such as “…it is inevitable that Sharia Law will be adopted in the UK”

    (Once) Great Britain, Please wake up before you let them destroy your country.

  • Anonymous

    I would suppose that none of the perpertrators of these disgusting ‘customs’ were white people native to the UK. After all, British culture doesn’t recognise these acts as a good or honourable thing. If these backwards people want to commit such dishonourable acts, they should only do so in their native countries, where they (or their families) have come from. Such people do not belong in countries that do not approve of so-called ‘honour’ killings/crimes.

  • Jack Krak

    If there were 2,823 documented incidents of violence associated with the peculiar cultural norms of any other ethnic group, do you think we would have heard about it earlier? Perhaps, say, after the 5th or 6th such incident?

    Let me answer my own question – YES. If Poles or Brazilians or Chinese or any other immigrant community in the UK routinely “protected” their daughter’s honor by killing her, every newspaper would run front page stories about it & the rest of us would be allowed to ask what the hell was wrong with these people. Every talking head television show would have a feminist academic telling us about the deep-rooted patholigies of a culture that produces such tragedies. Political leaders would stick their faces in any camera they could find to remind everyone just how shocked and disgusted they were about it.

    BUT……this is what happens when one of the protected mascots of the Left gets caught with dirty hands. It doesn’t get reported, or when it does the dimensions of it are hidden or downplayed. If some pesky reporter insists on digging further and the truth comes out, then the news is dismissed as biased or the journalist’s motives or methodology are questioned. If it catches the attention of the public, we will be reminded that there is surely some explanation for what’s going on that probably involves colonialism or some kind of repression. If it’s something really awful like killing your own daughter for having a boyfriend, it will be met by intense navel-gazing at first with vicious denunciations of racism soon to follow. This is pattern, again and again and again….

  • Sardonicus

    Liberals have always felt that somehow Pakistani’s and Middle Easterners intolerant beliefs would be “moderated” by Western Liberal culture. “At least 2,823 incidents of ‘honor-based’ violence took place” shows that the immigrants are changing Western Liberal culture, not the other way around. Women will be the biggest losers in multicultural “Cool Britainnia”

  • Irish

    In a related story, there was an alarming rise in the number of Muslims in the UK.

  • Wulfstan

    When the BBC covered the story it was accompanied by a picture of a woman who looked like an extra from an Ingmar Bergman film.

    Who says the camera never lies?