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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Wide approval of honor killings -- even in Britain

I welcome immigrants ... but not this!

LONDON -- One in 10 British Asians believe that so-called honour killings -- of someone who brings shame on their family -- are justifiable, according to a poll yesterday.

A tenth of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims surveyed by the BBC’s Asian Network radio said they would condone the murder of someone who disrespected their family’s honour.

Typically, that might involve a woman who has a relationship with someone of another religion. About 13 people a year in Britain are thought to die in honour killings, the survey’s authors said.

"Most of the Asians who are in Britain today come from very tribal communities," said Navid Akhtar, a journalist who has been examining the issue.

"Honour is a big deal, it’s kind of caught up with your property, it’s caught up with your women and if anybody comes close to threatening you, you have to avenge your honour."

The government should "send out a clear message, an unambiguous message that such violence against women will not be tolerated," Aisha Gill, a lecturer in criminology at Roehampton University in south London, told the BBC.
One in 10 British Asians backs honour killings

I've lived in countries with high rates of honor killings and, believe me, this is one cultural problem we don't want imported to the west. It's unspeakably horrible and often misdirected. For instance, if a man rapes a woman, the woman gets killed by her brother and the man just runs off to the big city. (The woman does not have that option.)

The one fishy part of this poll is that there are only 13 such deaths a year, despite the large approval rate. Are the deaths underreported? Possibly Briton has highly effective deterrence but I doubt that, considering this is a crime of passion.

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