12 Honour Killings a Year in the UKFriday, July 23 2010
5,000 Killings Per Year World Wide
UK Police believe there may be as many as 12 " honour" killings in the each year, typically occurring within Asian and Middle Eastern families when a person is believed to have "dishonoured" their loved ones.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide total of such killings might be as high as 5,000 women.
Murders have sometimes taken place in the UK after a family has reacted violently to their son or daughter taking on the trappings of western culture.
"Honour killings" were re-named by Scotland Yard to reflect the true seriousness of the crime. The offence is now referred to by detectives as "murder in the name of so-called honour."
The change was designed to reflect the fact that there is no honour in killing a relative, even if they were thought to have brought the family into disrepute.
In 2003 the Metropolitan Police set up its first strategic task force to tackle the issue. As a result, more than 100 murder files spanning the last decade are being re-investigated in an attempt to find common links.
So far 22 cases have been analyzed in depth and concluded 18 were highly suspected of being so-called "honour" killings.
The suicide rate of Asian women aged 16 to 24 is nearly three times higher than the national average - possibly driven by fear of dishonour and their families' reaction. There are cases from Turkish, Romany, Bosnian and Kosovan, West African and Middle Eastern families.
Press Association reported in Push Journal 08/Nov/05
SOURCE: Push Journal, 08/Nov/05