Honour killings

Ursula Smartt

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The United Nations Population Fund estimates that 5,000 women are killed in the name of honour each year, mainly in the Middle East and Asia. It is impossible to know the exact statistics and how widespread honour crimes are around the world. One of the main reasons is that reportings to the police are rare and sporadic, with widespread family cover up, including those by mothers or women from the community. The few reported cases of honour killings in Europe have been amongst Muslim or migrant Muslim communities. The problem arises particularly amongst women within Asian, Turkish or Kurdish communities living in the West who increasingly face pressure over honour, repeatedly used in forced marriages. The results are cases of abduction where young women simply disappear but are never reported as missing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-7
Number of pages4
JournalJustice of the Peace Journal
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2006


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